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The High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia has been at the forefront of research into the causes, prevention and treatment of high blood pressure since its inception in 1979. Our research incorporates the full range from experimental molecular biology and genetics to human physiology and drug treatment of hypertension. Its members are among the national and international leaders in the field of cardiovascular research.
There’s no one cause for heart disease. However, there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. More than two-thirds of Australian adults have three or more risk factors for heart disease. Yet many people don’t know they’re at risk. Preventing heart disease starts with knowing your risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes to lower your risk
The most important action in this plan is to take your medicines as prescribed. There are risks if you don’t take them. If you’re ‘not ready’ to do this, see your doctor to discuss why. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine if you are worried about side effects.
Blood pressure should always be measured using a validated monitor – one that has been rigorously tested for accuracy. Follow these instructions to check if yours blood pressure device is properly validated.
More than one third of Australians over the age of 18 have high blood pressure. This is also known as hypertension.
Managing medicines and monitoring blood pressure levels are important for people living with high blood pressure.
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, but more than 80% of strokes can be prevented.