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High blood pressure is the most common continuing medical condition seen by family doctors. Yet whilst lots of people have it, very few understand what is going on and why it is important to lower your blood pressure to a normal level and maintain it there.
The more you understand about your blood pressure, the better you can control it. In this practical guide, the expert medical authors use their experience to answer all your questions, giving you the information you need to bring your blood pressure down - and keep it down. Clear explanations of the causes and symptoms of high blood pressure and helpful advice will enable you to take positive steps towards managing your BP.
- Contains medically accurate answers to 222 questions actually asked by people with high blood pressure
- Introduction: What you most need to know in 11 questions
- Explains any confusing medical jargon in plain English
- I take quite a few drugs altogether. Would any of the drugs I am taking cause high BP?
- A friend of mine has an electronic BP monitor at home. What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-measuring BP?
- I have always put salt on my food. I am now told that I have to cut this out. Will this be an effective way of lowering my BP?
- So will stopping smoking reduce my BP as well as cardiovascular risk?
- I am rather overweight and keep meaning to do something about it. Will losing weight help to reduce my BP?
- I have been on tablets for my high BP for over two years now. Will I ever be able to stop taking them?
- My memory isn’t what it used to be! How can I remember to take my tablets?
- I have been given beta blockers for my hypertension and found later that I had real problems making love to my wife. Would it have been the drugs that were causing my impotence? Could I be given something else for the BP?
- If I get high BP during my pregnancy, who should look after it, my GP or my obstetrician?
- My doctor has put me on HRT patches. Does HRT have any effect on BP?
- Is it difficult to get the same BP medication abroad if I run out?
Table of Contents:
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Blood pressure and high blood pressure
Part 3 Symptoms, causes and diagnosis
Part 4 Measuring blood pressure
Part 5 Non-pharmacological treatment
Part 6 Treatment with drugs
Part 7 High blood pressure with other problems
Part 8 Pregnancy, contraception and the menopause
Part 9 Living with high blood pressure
Part 10 Monitoring and follow-up
Part 11 Research and the future
“An excellent book. A comprehensive question and answer format which will solve any query.” Saga Magazine
“A must for the bookshelf of all those interested in, or suffering from, high blood pressure.” H Rees, Killay
About the Authors:
Professor Tom Fahey MSc, MD, MFPHM, MRCGP is a General Practitioner at Taybank Medical Practice in Dundee, and Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee.
Professor Deirdre Murphy MD, MRCOG is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She is a member of the Advisory board of APEC (Action on Pre-eclampsia).
Julian Tudor Hart MB, Bchir, DCH, FRCP, FRCGP has over 30 years experience as a General Practitioner and expert on high blood pressure. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care, University of Glamorgan.