What is hypertension?
IF YOU HAVE A READING OF: 140 / 90 mmHg or higher
Hypertension is the term used to define a person who has consistently high blood pressure. A common cause of hypertension is atherosclerosis. This is a narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to the build-up of cholesterol (fatty) deposits. It is possible if left untreated by medication that the blood vessel walls and the heart become permanently damaged.
If you would like to read in detail about hypertension and the surrounding factors please consult the NHS website here.
What is pre-hypertension?
IF YOU HAVE A READING OF: 120 /80 – 139/89 mmHg
Pre-hypertension is known as the stage prior to being diagnosed as hypertensive. It states that (under the current UK NHS classification) your blood pressure is reading consistently between 120 / 80 – 139 / 89mmHg