Blood pressure

Blood pressure

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.

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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]).

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