Hypertension means high blood pressure, and it affects 25% of the population, most of whom are undiagnosed. If you are pregnant, it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly even if it is normal. This will reduce your risk of developing pregnancy-induced Hypertension and is vital for maintaining the health of you and your baby.
Hypertension occurs if there is an increased resistance of blood flow through the vessels. If this happens your heart and arteries will be subjected to increased strain which can lead to major health complications such as increased risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, embolism, aneurism, stroke and dementia. If you are pregnant, it can also cause pre-Eclampsia and Eclampsia. Both are very serious and are totally avoidable with the help of modern medicine and experienced antenatal care.
It is recommended that everybody should take a blood pressure test at least once to twice a year. This will detect early changes in the blood pressure so that they can be treated accordingly.
For more information or to arrange a blood pressure test, please book an appointment with Queen’s Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540.