High blood pressure or 'hypertension' is one of the most widespread and serious conditions in the developed world and many steps can be taken to monitor and manage your blood pressure. Blood Pressure - all you need to know provides a clear, easy to understand account of the blood pressure, its control and how to measure it.
The book provides full explanations of what actually constitutes a high blood pressure and why and how it should be treated. It also includes a discussion of low blood pressure, hypotension, and why it can also be dangerous. The various disorders associated with having a high blood pressure are also detailed. Hypertension is very much a patient's disease - the more familiar you become with the theory and management of the condition, the more you will benefit from check-ups with your GP.
This comprehensive, illustrated book is an ideal manual for the thousands of people who suffer from hypertension and members of their family who are keen to learn about the condition and how best to monitor it. Nurses, GPs and medical students will also find it a useful source of information and a good guide on how to encourage their patients to take an active interest in their well being.
Books like this help to ensure that the consequences of hypertension will be strongly influenced by ourselves … all patients can now have the knowledge of the consequences and how to prevent them. The Conis draw on their rich and varied experience to impart this knowledge in an intelligent and intelligible fashion.
Morris J Brown, Member of the Executive Committee of the British Hypertension Society
This is a well written book, well illustrated and easy to read. … The chapter on why does high blood pressure matter was particularly impressive. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the main points discussed.
Newsletter of the Retired Fellows Society, 2003
This book is laid out in a delightful way and is a good edition to the range of books that patients might use to increase their knowledge of blood pressure and to understand the arguments by doctors for good blood pressure regulation.
About the authors
Foreword by Professor Morris J Brown MA MSc MD FRCP FMedSci Member of the Executive Committee of the British Hypertension Society; Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; Consultant Physician, Addenbroke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
List of abbreviations
1. The circulation and the blood pressure
2. How does the body control blood pressure?
3. How is the blood pressure measured?
4. High blood pressure
5. Why does high blood pressure matter?
6. How does hypertension interact with other risks?
7. When should high blood pressure be treated?
8. High blood pressure in special groups
9. Non-drug treatment
10. Drug treatment
11. Taking control of your blood pressure
12. Low blood pressure
Appendix one: Useful information
Appendix two: Coronary risk prediction charts