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Disclaimer The disclaimers in medical books and on the internet are getting longer. Sometimes these lines of microscopic print take up more space than the content itself. They may even contribute to putting a person's blood pressure up, which is not what we want to happen when you read this book. So we're keeping this brief and to the point. Control Your Blood Pressure ­ Keeping a Lid on Hypertension is intended to inform, entertain and provoke the thinking of the reader. It is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other healthcare professional. Whilst every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, medical science is constantly evolving. Neither the author nor the publisher can be held responsible or liable for any loss or claim arising out of the use, or misuse, of the suggestions made in this book. We don't know your specific circumstances and so we're not suggesting any specific course of action for you to follow. It's your health, it's your life and so it makes sense for you to weigh up carefully the choices available and to decide what action, if any, you might take. If in doubt you should always consult your doctor for individualised health and medical advice. I would like to thank the Blood Pressure Association, who provide excellent information about blood pressure for the general public, for their advice and support. They can be contacted at: Blood Pressure Association 60 Cranmer Terrace London SW17 0QS Tel: 020 8772 4994 Copyright © The Infinite Ideas Company Limited, 2005 The right of Dr Rob Hicks to be identified as the author of this book has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 First published in 2005 by The Infinite Ideas Company Limited Belsyre Court 57 Woodstock Road Oxford OX2 6HJ United Kingdom All rights reserved. Except for the quotation of small passages for the purposes of criticism and review, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or under the terms of a licence issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4LP, UK, without the permission in writing of the publisher. Requests to the publisher should be addressed to the Permissions Department, Infinite Ideas Limited, Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HJ, UK, or faxed to +44 (0)1865 292001. CIP catalogue records for this book are available from the British Library and the US Library of Congress. ISBN 1-904902-10-3 Brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Designed and typeset by Baseline Arts Ltd, Oxford Printed and bound by TJ International, Cornwall iv