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.”