High blood pressure and stroke

Resource type: Information leaflet

Publication type: Research

September 2017
Resource type

High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke. On top of the 9.5 million people diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are around 5.5 million people in the UK who don't know they have it.

This guide explains what high blood pressure is and how it increases your risk of stroke. It includes advice on how you can get your blood pressure checked and how to make sense of your blood pressure reading. It also discusses the medications and healthy lifestyle choices that can help you to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke. 

Accessible formats

  • Clear print: you can download a pdf at the end of this page.
  • Large print: you can download a large print version at the end of this page.
  • Braille: email info@stroke.org.uk to request a braille copy 

Document date

Next review due
April 2019

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