'I had no health issues'

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I was at home on Boxing Day last year when I started to feel a bit funny. My eye sight took a turn for the worst; I saw lights and had tunnel vision, then I started to feel sick.  Straight away I knew something wasn’t right so my wife drove me to the walk in centre where they told me to head straight to Accident and Emergency at Norfolk and Norwich.

After a short wait I saw the Doctor who diagnosed me with high blood pressure as my reading was 139/86. I was completely shocked as up until then I had no health issues. I had being going for my man health check now that I was 50 years old and up until this point I had no concerns. I run, cycle and eat quite healthily most of the time so really couldn’t believe it.

My first concern was my family as I have a son and a daughter, Luke and Sophie, who are both teenagers and when you hear the words ‘high blood pressure’ you assume the worst. But the doctor assured me that with simple medication and some lifestyle changes everything would be okay – and it has been.

I now drink only to my units each week and eat less processed food and have lost about two stone in weight as a result of this.

My blood pressure is now slightly raised but am on medication for this and am regularly monitored by my GP who was happy with my reading at my last check with him.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but knowing what I now know I should have had my blood pressure numbers checked as you just cannot rely on a health check that was done two years ago.

My GP advised me that blood pressure can change in six months so everyone needs to be aware of this and make sure they get checked twice a year.

Danny Alden, 52, Norwich

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