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Charity maps blood pressure levels across the UK

Nurses working in North East Lincolnshire are looking after patients with the highest blood pressure levels in Britain, new research suggests.

The Stroke Association charity has revealed the findings of more than 54,200 blood pressure readings taken during Know Your Blood Pressure events held across the UK with the help of Rotary International Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

North East Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Southend-on-Sea are among the regions with the highest blood pressure readings, while the lowest were provided in Herefordshire, West Lothian and Powys.

Patients with high blood pressures are more likely to suffer strokes. In ideal circumstances, blood pressures should be 120/80mmHg but eight regions are at an increased risk of stroke as they averaged 140/80mmHg or over.

People whose readings are above 140/90mmHg should seek advice from their doctor and urgent medical attention is needed for those whose blood pressure is above 160/100mmHg.

The Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure initiative is urging everyone to check their blood pressure to determine their risk of having a stroke. More than 700 events are to be held this year to get the campaign started.

The charity’s director of communications, Joe Korner, said 16 million Brits are likely to have high blood pressure but many are unaware of it as there are no symptoms.

The Know Your Blood Pressure events have uncovered extremely concerning figures in many parts of the country but the good news is that, in the majority of cases, high blood pressure can be controlled with medication or small changes to people’s lifestyles, Mr Korner said.

He said high blood pressure can be caused by bad diets, stress and smoking and often gets worse as people get older.

He advised people to check their blood pressures on a regular basis to help reduce their risk of suffering a stroke.

 

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