In simple terms, a good blood pressure is one that is neither too high or too low. If your blood pressure is too low, it can make you feel faint or dizzy. In extreme cases it can even cause falls. If your blood pressure is too high that can also cause problems.
If your blood pressure is extremely high then there is a risk that it can be damaging your kidneys, heart, eyes, or even brain in serious cases. This is called “malignant hypertension”. Fortunately this condition is quite rare and only occurs in about 1 in 100 cases.
Most people who have high blood pressure do not have such a serious problem. Indeed in the majority of cases, high blood pressure shouldn’t really be considered a “disease”. This is because it doesn’t have any symptoms. Instead it’s a risk factor. This makes it the same as smoking, or being overweight, or not having an active lifestyle. Some people find these risk factors are best managed in a medical setting such as your GP surgery. However a significant number of people don’t. We want YourPressure.com to be for that group of people
The higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of developing various other diseases. These include heart attacks and strokes, as well as kidney disease and eye disease. The higher your blood pressure, the more likely you are to die early. For most people, if you lower your blood pressure you lower the risk of this happening.
The good news is that your blood pressure is easily lowered. This is by a combination of a healthy lifestyle, and for some people taking some simple medications. We hope that using this group in combination with our app will give you the confidence and information to be able to do this yourself.
By lowering your blood pressure, you make it more likely that you’ll live a longer and healthier life. This will allow you to carry on doing more of the things that you’ve always liked doing for longer. We want to make it easy for you to do that.