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NICE introduces extra blood pressure checks

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NICE is planning to introduce extra blood pressure checks it says could reduce the number of people under 40 diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Under the health watchdog’s guidelines, if blood pressure measurements taken during a consultation are 140/90 mmHg or higher, then extra confirmation should be obtained with either ambulatory blood pressure monitoring or home blood pressure monitoring.

It says the move will allow clinicians to get a more accurate picture of a patient’s true blood pressure reading.

Doctors are also urged to examine the lifetime possibility of heart attack or stroke when deciding to exclude a patient from treatment.

The change will prevent people receiving treatment when they do not need it.

Blood pressure in a clinic can often rise as patients become anxious in front of a doctor.

There are more than 8.5m people in the UK diagnosed with high blood pressure but many more are undiagnosed.

In 2008, 32% of men and 29% of women in England had high blood pressure (defined as a systolic blood pressure of 140 mmHg or over, or a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or over) or were being treated for the condition.

The NICE proposals are open to consultation.

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  • It's almost laughable. As a registered nurse I often check my blood pressure. My normal rate is 150/100. I have gone to a few doctors over the year and many have said that its not a problem. I wish some people would make their minds up.

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  • the official paramaters for normal BP are always changing.

    Question: how accurate are home monitors?

    Are those considered more accurate available on the NHS? They can be expensive.

    How accurately will people measure their own BP?

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  • What further health checks are going to be introduced?

    A large colorectal cancer screen project has already been proposed.

    Dietary recommendations on the quantity of meat intake per week are about to be released for the prevention of the above mentioned cancer but have been found to conflict for those recommended in the prevention or iron deficiency anaemia.

    Now calorie intake is under scrutiny.

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  • What further health checks are going to be introduced?

    A large colorectal cancer screen project has already been proposed.

    Dietary recommendations on the quantity of meat intake per week are about to be released for the prevention of the above mentioned cancer but have been found to conflict for those recommended in the prevention or iron deficiency anaemia.

    Now calorie intake is under scrutiny.

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  • 'Big Brother' (not the TV series) comes to mind. I have been diagnosed with hypertension and all I do is worry about it, but being on medication I contribute to 'targets' that to be met. When I go shopping, lunch out and sit next to some of the oblivious public tucking into something they enjoy, I question who is the happiest?

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  • All these recommendations remind me of something my old Grandad used to tell me.

    "John, as you get older you will find that everything in life you enjoy has become either illegal, immoral or just plain bad for you"

    Looks like he was right :)

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  • good thing that the nanny state are watching over us for free because the baby-boomers may not be able to afford their own nanny

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