High blood pressure and stroke

Resource type: Information leaflet

Publication type: Stroke information

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. 

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Document date

Publication date
September 2017
Next review due
April 2019