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High blood pressure is not something you can normally see or feel, yet the consequences can be devastating.

Click on the links below to read the experiences of people whose lives have been touched by high blood pressure.



'The impact on my life has been dramatic'

Frances stroke was purely caused by high blood pressure. She doesn't remember the exact figures but does remember that her very last reading at the surgery had the top reading at 200. At the time she was pleased that her GP wasn't pushing her to take medication, which she saw as the first step towards long-term health anxiety. Frances has certainly learned her lesson! 

The impact on her life has been dramatic as it is for everybody, and Frances wants to speak out about her experience if it can prevent someone else from going through the same horrible experience...



'Completely changed my life'

Jon was only 39 when he had his stroke in December 2014, which was caused by high blood pressure. Jon appreciates how lucky he has been, as he's made a full recovery but he knows it could have been a lot worse. The whole incident has completed changed his life...



'Take each day as it comes'

When Nicola heard the diagnosis in early 2015 she was really scared as she knew it meant she was at high risk of stroke or a heart attack. As a mum of a young boy, her health was so important to her. Now she takes each day as it comes and knows all too well that if this hadn't have happened she would never had known about the condition...



'Only 25 when diagnosed'

Steve was only 25 when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure. He thought it only affected older people, but learned the hard way that it can affect anyone of any age at any time in their life... 



'No health issues'

On Boxing Day 2014, Danny took a turn for the worst. He went to A&E and was diagnosed with high blood pressure. He was quite healthy and up until that point had no concerns so really couldn't believe it... 



'I was shocked'

Christian thought the pain he was feeling around the mid section of his body was indigestion, so was shocked to find that he had high blood pressure at the age of 43... 



'Diagnosis was unexpected'

Andrew's diagnosis was completely unexpected but in some ways he was relieved that it had been found out as the doctor had told him that high blood pressure is the UK’s biggest silent killer...

 



'Never happen to me'

Jonny used to take things for granted, but is now aware of the need to look after himself more than ever... 



'It has been a long journey'

As a young man David couldn’t understand how he could suffer from high blood pressure. But David has learnt so much along the way, in particular that it’s really important to get to know your blood pressure numbers...



'I had never thought about blood pressure'

Steven's first-hand experience of stroke at a young age means he knows more than most the importance of regular blood pressure checks... 


Tom had no idea his blood pressure was so high

Tom had no idea his blood pressure was so high


'I had no idea' 

A chance PR opportunity led Tom to discover he had high blood pressure...


Kathryn lost her husband to undiagnosed high blood pressure

Kathryn lost her husband to undiagnosed high blood pressure


'I lost my husband'

Kathryn knows the importance of having a blood pressure check more than most...


Joy is so thankful that a routine check uncovered her high blood pressure

Joy is so thankful that a routine check uncovered her high blood pressure


'I am so thankful'

When Joy made her annual visit to the optician she had no idea what a lifesaver it would be...




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