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Find reliable independent health and treatment information about blood pressure and related conditions written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.
About blood pressure
Blood pressure is the 'force' that keeps blood moving through your arteries once it has been pumped from your heart. Blood pressure readings can give an indication of how hard your heart is working, and are an important part of a general health assessment.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a condition that increases your chances of developing serious health problems like stroke, heart and kidney disease.
1 in 3 Australian adults has high blood pressure.
Many people who have high blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor or other health professional will encourage you to make lifestyle changes and may also prescribe medicines to help control your blood pressure. Managing your medicines and monitoring and recording your blood pressure are important for people living with high blood pressure.
Find out more
- Understanding blood pressure
- What is high blood pressure?
- Causes of high blood pressure
- Risk of stroke, heart and kidney disease
- Managing high blood pressure
- Why taking your blood pressure lowering medicines is important
- Talking to your health professional about managing high blood pressure
- Take our quiz about medicine adherence
For health professionals
While high blood pressure (BP) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it only forms part of the picture. All patients should be encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles, but decisions about whether a patient needs pharmacotherapy should be based on their absolute cardiovascular risk - not just a single risk factor.
High BP is the most frequently managed problem in Australian general practice. In the 2011–12 Australian Health Survey, 1 in 3 adults had high BP (defined by use of BP lowering treatment [1 in 10] or BP measured as ≥140/90 mmHg [1 in 5]).
Our CPD activities
Consolidate your knowledge on blood pressure, brush-up on current guidelines and practices and earn CPD points through our learning activities.
- Online case study Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor
- Clinical e-Audit Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor
- Online learning module Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor
- Pharmacy Practice Review Blood pressure: enhancing adherence, achieving control
For your patients
Download the fact sheets:
- Lifestyle choices for better health
- Your heart and stroke risk score
- Blood pressure resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Key points
- Absolute cardiovascular risk
- Measuring blood pressure
- Clinical guidelines
- Resources and tools
Other tools and resources
Use the following tools and resources especially designed for use in your consultations with patients: