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High Blood Pressure Management

Anyone can develop high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure usually has no warning signs. Therefore, it is important to have regular blood pressure checks.

The only way to tell if you are having problems with your blood pressure is to have it measured. It is normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall during the day, but if your blood pressure stays high for a long time (usually 3 months) then you have high blood pressure.

If your Doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure there are lifestyle changes that can help you take control, including changing your diet, reducing salt intake, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing your exercise, stop smoking and cutting down on the amount of alcohol you drink.

The Fono offers support and advice to help you manage your high blood pressure and take control of your health. For patients who have ongoing long-term high blood pressure, your doctor is likely to prescribe medication, which can help to control your blood pressure and protect your heart.

The Fono offers support to patients who have ongoing long-term chronic high blood pressure, including support and follow up when you leave the clinic. The Fono team can contact you with reminders when you are due to renew or start new medications and work with you to identify any barriers to heath, explain any terminology, condition or treatment that you do not understand.

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