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Your blood pressure is very important – even when you’re young! 

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure may not cause obvious symptoms when you are young, but it should not be ignored.   Some symptoms could include shortness of breath, headaches and chest pain – which, if you’re young, you may not necessarily first associate with high blood pressure  

Health Risks 

High blood pressure is a sign that your heart is being overworked and even if you are in your 20s or 30s, elevated blood pressure could increase your risk of developing serious health conditions later in life such as heart disease or stroke.   

Although it is not always clear what causes high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, several factors can increase your risk. For instance, if you have a close relative with the condition, if you do not exercise enough, if you drink too much alcohol or coffee or smoke.   

What can you do about it?  

By making healthy lifestyle changes, you could help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure or lowering your blood pressure if it is already elevated.  

Along with healthy lifestyle changes, various medicines and treatments are often prescribed to treat the condition. Prescription to medicines is dependent on your risk of developing heart problems or strokes.   

Many medical treatments for high blood pressure, however, do not adequately control high blood pressure, meaning that further research is needed for new treatments.  

MAC Clinical Research in Greater Manchester is currently recruiting patients for an upcoming clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a new potential treatment for high blood pressure. If you are aged between 18-65 with a diagnosis of hypertension/high blood pressure or have been recommended to make lifestyle changes by your GP, you could be eligible for our upcoming trial. For more information and to register your interest, visit: https://researchforyou.co.uk/study-high-blood-pressure/

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