long term conditions

What is a long-term condition?

A long-term condition is an illness that cannot be cured but can usually be controlled with medicines or other treatments. Examples of long-term conditions include arthritis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, angina, heart failure, and high blood pressure (hypertension).

Impact of a long-term condition

You may find that having a long-term condition will affect many areas of your life. These may include family relationships, your ability to work, your accommodation, your educational needs and your finances. You will not have to face your problems alone. Many sources of support are available to you, including your GP, hospital doctors and social and community services.

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