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Hypertension: never skip your medication

Even when you feel on top of the world and not in need of any medication whatsoever, do not skip your blood pressure medication, as it may come back to haunt you.

'I knew nothing about hypertension'

Gavin Herbert, aged 49, was taken aback when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in his mid-forties. At the time of diagnosis, he knew almost nothing about hypertension.

A huff and a puff and a pinched arm

I don't like having my blood pressure taken. The threat of a 24-hour blood pressure test is enough to make me come up in hives. Call me a sissy if you want to.

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