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Q: My doctor keeps telling me I need to take blood pressure tablets and I really don’t want to. I don’t feel unwell and it doesn’t feel right, somehow.

A: I would have a long read about the effects of long term high blood pressure and you may change your mind.

Long-term high blood pressure can cause an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney damage.

Losing weight, exercising, reducing salt and caffeine and having a healthy diet can also help. If you have a very high blood pressure, or you are diabetic, have kidney damage or heart disease already, your GP will recommend  you start treatment straight away.

Remember, there are lots of different medications and if one does not suit you then you can try another. Speak to your GP and for further information on your condition go to British Heart Foundation

Dr Radha Modgil

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