High blood pressure warning issued

A blood pressure test
A blood pressure test

THOUSANDS of Wiganers could be unaware they suffer from potentially life-threatening high blood pressure according to health chiefs.

Public Health England (PHE) chiefs have issued a warning to get checked out by your GP after they revealed that more than a quarter of us suffer from the condition,

High blood pressure can lead to diseases including heart disease, stroke, certain types of dementia and chronic kidney disease. High blood pressure, which can often be prevented or controlled through lifestyle changes, accounts for 12 percent of all visits to GPs in England.

PHE says that if just 15 percent more people who do not know they have high blood pressure are diagnosed, £120m of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years.

They also claim that by reducing the blood pressure of the nation as a whole, £850 million of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years.

Dr Rebecca Wagstaff from the North West PHE Centre said: “It is clear that too many people are dying from avoidable heart attacks and strokes. Preventing people from developing high blood pressure through healthy diets and exercise is essential, but by also ensuring those that do have high blood pressure are identified

and receive the right treatment we can prevent a large number of premature deaths.” PHE and a number of partners across local and national government, the health service, voluntary sector and academia have come together with the ambition of improving the prevention, early detection and management of high blood pressure in England.

The new group today publishes an action plan setting out the steps towards emulating the success of seen in the US and Canada.

Both have higher levels of treatment and better control of high blood pressure which has led to lower death rates.

Contact your GP for a blood pressure check.