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Why high blood pressure is important
If you are of African or Caribbean descent then you are at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure and of the strokes and heart attacks that it can cause. Because of this increased risk it is important to look at factors such as diet and exercise early. Making changes to your lifestyle can have a real impact on your blood pressure and could stop or delay the need for medication.
Lowering your blood pressure is important for many health reasons. As well as reducing your risk of stoke and heart attack, it can also reduce your risk of diabetes, kidney disease and even dementia.
If you already have high blood pressure in the family then it is even more important that you act to lower your blood pressure. Remember, your blood pressure does not have to control you. You can control your blood pressure.