High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition where the force of blood against the walls of the arteries is consistently too high.
Around 34% of adult Australians have hypertension, corresponding to over 6 million individuals.
Hypertension can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Most people with high blood pressure have no noticeable symptoms. In extreme cases, symptoms might include:
In Australia and around the world:
Around one in four adults globally has high blood pressure, equating to approximately 1.13 billion people.
In Australia, an estimated 34% of adults have hypertension, corresponding to over 6 million individuals.
De-prescribing in hypertension management may be appropriate for some patients, particularly when lifestyle modifications have been successfully implemented or if the risk of medication side effects outweighs the benefits.
Deprescribing for hypertension requires careful evaluation and a patient-centred approach, with an emphasis on holistic and lifestyle interventions. It's an ongoing process that requires continuous monitoring and collaboration with a healthcare team experienced in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for high blood pressure.