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Hypertension: causes and measurement

Hypertension: causes and measurement

Blood pressure is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels
From this pharmacy CPD module on hypertension you will learn:
  • What hypertension is, and how it is defined 
  • The factors that increase the risk of a patient having hypertension
  • What the blood pressure targets are for different groups
  • How to measure blood pressure and ensure accurate results

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Hypertension – high blood pressure – is one of the most preventable conditions in the UK. If undetected, it can significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and atrial fibrillation – leading to significant morbidity and mortality.

It is a modifiable risk factor, and a leading cause of premature coronary heart disease.

In the UK, there are approximately 9.5 million people with diagnosed hypertension,

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