Your health matters to us
An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.
Similar to the concept of air pressure in a car tyre, blood pressure is simply the pressure your blood puts on the walls of your arteries, which is vital to how your heart and blood circulation work.
The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it measured, hence the importance of getting your blood pressure checked regularly.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recommends that everyone over the age of 18 years should have their blood pressure measured at least once every 2 years. More frequent checks are recommended for individuals with certain underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.
Persistently high blood pressure (hypertension) requires discussion of appropriate management options with your doctor. If left unchecked, hypertension can cause damage to blood vessels around the heart, brain, kidneys, and eyes – potentially resulting in heart failure, stroke, kidney damage and failure, and visual impairment or blindness.
To discuss how to optimize your blood pressure, please make an appointment with your GP.
Further information on blood pressure is available from The Heart Foundation.