High Blood Pressure – The Silent Killer

by Ted Sorensen
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Did you know that blood pressure is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms? Over half of the people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it or are not managing to control it. Do you know your blood pressure?

I recently rolled up my sleeve for a blood pressure check at Parliament thanks to the Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation. [Luckily my blood pressure is normal/I was surprised to find my blood pressure is elevated].

Don’t let a heart attack or stroke be your first sign that you have high blood pressure. See your doctor or a health professional and have a blood pressure check. If you do have high blood pressure you can help to reduce it by being active every day for at least 30 minutes, not smoking and reducing salt in your diet. Your doctor may prescribe medication.

If you don’t have high blood pressure; that’s great but get a regular check as it can change.  For information on high blood pressure see www.heartfoundation.org.au or join Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check 17 May -14 June https://strokefoundation.org.au/ABBPC.

For more information or media/communications enquiries:  

Heart Foundation – Paula Lazzarini, Media and Communications Manager

E: paula.lazzarini@heartfoundation.org.au M: 0427 619 589 Ph: 07 3872 253

Stroke Foundation – Peta James, National Public Affairs Manager

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