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Hypertension Service

Hypertension (high blood pressure) puts people at an increased risk of developing a range of medical problems such as heart attacks, strokes, eye problems, kidney disease, heart failure and heart rhythm problems.

For most people high blood pressure develops as they get older, without an obvious underlying reason, and it can be safely controlled and looked after by their GP.

It is possible to have hypertension for many years without having any symptoms.

The Oxford Specialist Hypertension Clinic is a British and Irish Hypertension Society referral centre which cares for patients with complicated blood pressure problems.

Some people have very high blood pressure that can be difficult to control, or they have problems with the medications they are prescribed.

For others, problems with blood pressure can occur at unusual times, such as early in life or in association with pregnancy. Often they may have a strong family history of blood pressure problems.

Some people may have a treatable underlying medical condition that is causing their high blood pressure - this is called secondary hypertension.

Our team of Consultants, Specialist Nurses and Administrators all have specialist experience in the care of patients with hypertension.

We take a holistic approach, looking into all their medical problems to assess what additional investigations patients require both to uncover the cause of their high blood pressure and to detect any harmful effects

We develop a treatment plan, which may include a combination of medicines and be jointly supervised by the patient's GP.

Through regular follow-up, we may be able to fine-tune the patient's treatment for the best results with the least medication.

We are also involved in research into the condition.


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