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Charity enlists nurses in 'blood pressure awareness' drive

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Blood Pressure UK asks practice nurses to participate in campaign encouraging more people to get blood pressure tests

A charity is urging practice nurses to sign up their surgeries for a national campaign designed to encourage people to get their blood pressure tested.

Blood Pressure UK is calling on healthcare professionals and organisations to host a “pressure station” during this year’s Know Your Numbers! week from September 12 to 18.

“A third of the population has high blood pressure”

The campaign will offer checks in locations such as workplaces and shopping centres so more people can have their blood pressure measured.

The goal is to encourage those with undiagnosed high blood pressure to get further expert help, advice and treatment to reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The latest Health Survey for England found almost a third of the population has high blood pressure yet many people are not taking steps to control this.

Data gathered from more than 5,700 checks made at last year’s Know Your Numbers! event found many people did not know their blood pressure and 38% of those with high blood pressure had not been checked in the past year.

“Having your blood pressure checked is one of the biggest steps people can take to reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks,” said Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Blood Pressure UK.

“By signing up to host pressure stations, organisations will be raising awareness of high blood pressure and helping people to know their blood pressure – and if it is too high people can take steps to manage it and reduce their risk of stroke.”

Click here to sign up to participate in Know Your Numbers!

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  • I like how you are helping people in your community spread awareness about blood pressure. I really feel that community nursing is such a wonderful thing. It is so good for the community to hear how simple education really does help in so many ways and being aware of their healthy numbers is so valuable that it is a wonderful idea. Rural community nursing is so valuable because a lot of times people cannot get out to see their doctors office; so they bring the nursing and doctor mobile out and they take care of them and do some patient teaching as well. Thank you for all of your hard work. Purplespider, CNA

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  • Thank you for having this article about high blood pressure. You are right in that it is on the rise and one of the silent killers. That is why it is important to educate people about blood pressure. This is something that would help the public understand ways to reduce blood pressure and the heart:

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  • I am so happy that more people are getting blood pressure tests done. Blood pressure is one of the silent killers and a lot of people do not realize it and it is imperative that people are aware of this. Thank you for having this article and for showing the public that more and more people are realizing that blood pressure screening is very important. Here is some information for you:

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  • I remember a time when I was in nursing school and we were doing the health screening fair at our school. The nursing student's job was to do the blood pressure screening for people who walked to our booth. I did some of the blood pressure screening and it was an experience that I will never forget. I can relate into what the article said in that blood pressure is very important and someone should have it checked often so that they understand and know what their values are.

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  • Here is a link that talks about the value and importance of getting your blood pressure checked:

    https://www.acls.net/health-library-hypertension.htm



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  • Blood pressure is one of the "silent killers." A person does not know that they have high blood pressure sometimes until it is too late. I know for a fact that this is true because one of my friends was diagnosed with high blood pressure and they did not know it. So, the story is get your blood pressure checked often and know what normal values are.

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  • Blood pressure is what you call the "silent killer" and it truly is for many reasons:

    1. A lot of patients do not even realize that their blood pressure is rising.
    2. They have no education as to what is high blood pressure.
    3. They do not know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are.
    That is why, it is imperative that nurses help the general public and educate them on what to look for in high blood pressure.

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  • There is a web link about hypertension and here it is:

    http://www.pacificmedicalacls.com/acls-online-library-online-guide-to-living-longer.html

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  • I am so thankful that I read this article. It really helped open my eyes about the importance of blood pressure. I really opened my eyes.

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  • All of this information is so true in that a lot of people do not really know what their blood pressure readings are and that is very scary because that is a life-saving thing. Thank you for allowing me to read the article.

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