Managing high blood pressure

Lindsay Thompson - blood pressure case studyLindsay was diagnosed with having high blood pressure - or hypertension - but with careful management and changes to his lifestyle, he leads an active, healthy life.

In 2008, Lindsay wasn't feeling well and went to see his doctor. The doctor ran a few tests and the diagnosis was high blood pressure.

People from African Caribbean communities are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure. It's important to get regular checks on your blood pressure, because high blood pressure increases your risk of getting coronary heart disease or having a stroke.

People from our community have the highest risk of developing high blood pressure compared to other ethnic groups in the UK.

To help control his blood pressure, Lindsay was prescribed medication and his doctor offered him some advice about some lifestyle changes he could make too.

"It was a relief to know that there are a few simple things I could do to improve my blood pressure and help look after my heart."

Lindsay decided to follow the advice of his doctor and has changed his diet by reducing the amount of salt in his diet as well as becoming more physically active.

What causes high blood pressure?

There's no single definite cause of high blood pressure, and there can be many risk factors that play a part. The most important thing you can do is minimise your risk, because you'll also be reducing your risk of getting coronary heart disease or having a stroke.

I have no symptoms, why should I get a blood pressure check?

The other thing to bear in mind is that high blood pressure usually has no symptoms - so it's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor and live a healthy lifestyle to protect your heart.

How Lindsay learnt about high blood pressure
Listen to Lindsay's story about how he found out he had high blood pressure, and how he learnt how to manage it.