High blood pressure diagnosis
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 a greater risk of developing high blood pressure. It's important to get regular blood pressure checkups, because having hypertension 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 he consumes as well as becoming more physically active.
What causes high blood pressure?
There is no single definite cause of high blood pressure. Multiple risk factors can play a part. Over time, if untreated, high blood pressure may enlarge your heart, making it pump less effectively. That could lead to heart failure.
Others with heart disease in African Caribbean communities
The individuals listed below are also living with heart conditions:
Althea's dilated cardiomyopathy
Julie's young heart attack
Michelle's faulty mitral valve
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