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Discovering high blood pressure (hypertension)
Q. What do I tell my family and friends? Is there anyone else that needs to know?
A. Discovering that you have high blood pressure can be a very worrying and upsetting time. Many people feel worried about their future, in terms of their health, their day-to-day lives and their families. Some people feel labelled as ill and are concerned that others may treat them differently. Others are able to see discovering that they have high blood pressure as something positive because it means that they can take action to prevent health problems in the future.
For most people, whatever their age, high blood pressure is something that can be effectively treated and controlled and which need not interfere with day-to-day life. Telling family and friends that you have high blood pressure can provide you with the support and encouragement you need to live comfortably with your high blood pressure and its treatments. For example, they can help you to make lifestyle changes and stick to them. By talking to your family members about it you can encourage them to get checked too - they may have it, but not realise it.
You do not need to tell your employer, unless you work in certain jobs. For more on this, please see:
- Are there any jobs I am not going to be able to do?
- Are there any jobs I should avoid if I have high blood pressure?
You will need to declare high blood pressure on any travel, health and life insurance policies that you have. For more information, see Will my insurance company need to know about my high blood pressure?
You should also make sure that your pharmacist and any complementary health practitioners that you use are aware of your high blood pressure and any medicines you are taking to control it.