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Hypertension? Is it time to consult your GP?

Queensland Hypertension Association Inc.’s Founder, Emeritus Professor Richard Gordon of the University of Queensland, advises:

Q: How will I know if my blood pressure is high? A: You probably won't. That is unless you have regular checks by your GP or treating doctor. This is because high blood pressure usually gives rise to no symptoms. If it does, they usually take the form of headaches or a full or fuzzy feeling in the head. Many hypertensive patients get their first symptoms (a symptom is something noticed or complained of) and signs (a sign is something the doctor can notice or look for) only when complications develop such as heart failure or kidney failure. Don't let this happen to you!