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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about high blood pressure (hypertension), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of high blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) does not usually cause any symptoms. The only way to find out whether you have high blood pressure is to have it measured.
Causes of high blood pressure
In most cases, the cause of high blood pressure (hypertension) is unknown but several factors can increase your risk of developing the condition.
Getting a blood pressure test
Testing for high blood pressure (hypertension) at a health clinic or using home testing kits and understanding your reading.
Treating high blood pressure
Treatments to lower high blood pressure: lifestyle changes and medication, such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, beta-blockers and alpha-blockers.
Complications of high blood pressure
If not treated, high blood pressure (hypertension) can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Preventing high blood pressure
Find out how you can prevent high blood pressure (hypertension) by adopting healthy habits including eating heathily, drinking alcohol in moderation and exercising regularly.
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