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Name: Heather
Profession: Lifestyle coach
Age: 45

Description: Heather lives with her American husband (paediatric nutritionist) and their 10 year old daughter. She has an elder brother she loves dearly and her parents, both living, are old and frail. She’s a happy, realised individual who feels in control of her life.Lived for 4 years in California, where she met her husband and learnt a lot about health and wellbeing through the Southern California fitness craze. She has widely studied and taken professional courses on physiotherapy, nutrition, fitness and motivational psychology.

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Name: Michael
Profession: General Practioner
Age: 55

Description: Dr Michael is happily married with one teenage son. He has a younger brother and a sister, their father drives a taxi, and mother is a housewife. Mom has HTN, she jokingly says that looking after her family is the cause of it all. Dr Michael wanted to become a doctor and is contented to be a GP because he genuinely likes people and gets satisfaction from helping them.

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Name: Judy
Profession: Nurse in a clinic
Age: 36

Description: Nurse Judy lives alone with her two cats, she has a long-time boyfriend, both are contented. She is an only child, much loved and cared for by her middle class parents who are mildly disappointed with her career and lifestyle choices. She decided to become a nurse when she was a teenager, after helping care for her sick grandmother (mothers side), whom she was very close to. She enjoys her job, can get impatient with the repetitiveness of some aspects.

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Name: Paul
Profession: Mid-level accountant
Age: 55

Description: Paul is a hard worker; with time pressures, demanding bosses above him and a too small and under motivated team below. A family man he’s happy at the weekend with his wife and two teenage kids. He has an elder brother, both parents are alive, his father had a small stroke a few years ago and two of his grandparents died of heart failure. He’s a social drinker and likes entertaining, he cooks for friends at the weekend. Paul is a hearty eater who loves substantial and plentiful food. He used to play football at weekends with the local team and swim. Now he gets his sport fix from the TV, sitting in his favourite armchair.

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Name: Mary
Profession: Retired primary school teacher
Age: 65

Description: Mary is recently retired, she lives with her husband who is a car dealer. They have two children, boy and girl in their early twenties. She has a younger sister, their parents are both dead, father in a car accident years ago, mother a heart attack six years ago. Without doubt the head of the family, Mary is an ex-hippy, liberal, socially aware, concerned about the planet, sexual equality, human rights and bio-products. She has a garden and grows her own produce which she cooks fresh every day.

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Name: Steve
Profession: IT expert
Age: 35

Description: Steve is single, lives on his own and is an only child. His parents are young and active but his father, who is a lawyer has HTN. Steve doesn’t have a car, he rides a bicycle everywhere. Enjoyed university, studying computer science and being with people like him. Bit of a loner, has some geek friends but also likes to occasionally spend time in his local bar where he is well known and quite liked.

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Welcome to HypertensionCare

Welcome to HypertensionCare, a resource full of information and support about high blood pressure. Exploring HypertensionCare will enhance your understanding of high blood pressure – including its consequences, its measurement and its treatment – and explain how to make healthy lifestyle choices that will work alongside medication to lower blood pressure.

Seven healthy choices

Salt

Salt

Reducing your salt intake can really help to lower your blood pressure and this will certainly cut your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

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Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables 

Fruit and vegetables are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibre that can help to lower your risk of serious health problems like heart disease, stroke and some cancers. They are seriously tasty too!

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Alcohol

Alcohol

When you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on what you drink. Keep within the recommended limits, and you can enjoy a drink without jeopardising your health.

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Weight

Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is a very important part of controlling your blood pressure. It also helps to keep your heart and arteries healthy and reduces your risk of other health problems like diabetes.

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Activity

Activity

Regular exercise will help strengthen your heart and blood vessels, so they can work more efficiently. Plus, it’ll help you burn calories and keep your weight under control – which is also great for your blood pressure.

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Smoking

Smoking 

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and events like stroke and heart attack, and smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to have a heart attack. Quitting is the single most effective thing you can do to bring down your risk for heart disease and stroke and is a vital step towards leading a healthier lifestyle.

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Stress

Stress 

Stress can cause short-term ‘spikes’ in blood pressure that can also have the effect of making you feel more stressed. The ways that we often respond to stress – by eating too much, drinking too much, or smoking – can also send blood pressure even higher.

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The Hypertension Team

Meet Michael, the general practitioner, Judy, the nurse, Heather, the lifestyle coach, Mary, the experienced patient, Paul, the new patient, and Steve, the internet expert. They are our virtual team of experts who will show you around HypertensionCare and provide useful insights on the information provided from their different perspectives.

Where does the advice on this site come from?

This novel site has been developed by Daiichi Sankyo, a leading pharmaceutical company, using the latest medical recommendations and in accordance with international guidelines. We designed the content according to insights and feedback from people with high blood pressure on the support they find useful or wanted to receive.

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We wish you the best of success with achieving your blood pressure goals and improving your health.

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