Your blood pressure is an important measure of your health. It measures how hard your heart has to work to pump the blood around your body. There is a normal range in which your BP should fall when taken by your GP. If it goes above this you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Regular checks should be done every few years by GPs. Since the check is a quick and easy one it is normally done whenever you visit your GP with a health problem or query. If you suffer from high blood pressure you may be storing up other problems for the future – problems that could potentially be averted if you have an early diagnosis that leads to treatment.
A failure to diagnose high blood pressure can therefore be quite serious. There are symptoms that a high BP can trigger, but many people do not experience them. This means you could have very high blood pressure and know nothing about it. As you can imagine this is not an ideal situation to be in, and it could affect how healthy you are in the years to come.
What might happen if you have high blood pressure that is not diagnosed?
There are a number of steps you can take to lower blood pressure without treatment. However you should always have a high BP regularly checked by your GP to ensure it does not climb higher. You are very likely to need regular medication to bring it down too. High blood pressure can be dangerous if it is unchecked and/or undiscovered, as it can raise the odds that you will experience a stroke or heart attack. Since it can lead to life-threatening conditions it is imperative you get a proper diagnosis as quickly as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure you have someone to turn to
Have you experienced a failure to diagnose high blood pressure, either personally or in someone in your family? If so, contact the professional injury compensation lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline today on freephone 0800 689 0500. We don’t just deal with the outcome of accidents: we deal with medical negligence cases as well. If you have had high BP in the past three years and it was not properly diagnosed you could launch a no win, no fee* claim with us. Try our 30-second online test now to begin the process.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim