St James Health Centre

General Clinic

General Medical Health Clinic

Blood & urine sample, Thyroid monitoring and general health advice.

Hypertension/High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure is one of several ‘risk factors’ that can increase your chance of developing heart disease, a stroke and other serious conditions. As a rule, the higher the Blood Pressure, the greater the risk. However, Blood Pressure varies throughout the day; therefore, a one off high reading does not mean you have high Blood Pressure. You could be anxious, stressed or been exercising. If the Blood Pressure reading remains high after a couple of week’s observation, then treatment with medication may be advised.

High Blood Pressure usually causes no symptoms. Therefore everyone should have regular checks. The benefit of monitoring and lowering a high Blood Pressure is to reduce the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease in the future. You can help to lower your Blood Pressure and your risk of stroke and heart disease by making simple lifestyle changes:

  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce salt intake
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Moderate your alcohol intake

For further information, please call the surgery on 0151 295 3800.