John was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol four years ago. His blood pressure at the time was 169/95 mmHg. John’s mother, who also has high blood pressure and high cholesterol, had urged him to visit his GP to check his heart health as “these conditions run in the family”.
Despite his doctor’s recommendation to start taking blood pressure lowering medication, John initially decided against it, as he believed he could lower his blood pressure by changing his lifestyle. He started exercising regularly, stopped smoking and reduced his alcohol intake.