Experts urge regular blood pressure checks
Doctors have long recommended regular blood pressure checks to avoid health problems. Now Blood Pressure UK health experts said regular blood pressure checks could save thousands of lives over the next ten years.
Blood Pressure UK's medical team found that many people die every year through regular blood pressure checks. Because too high blood pressure can lead to health problems and even death. The researchers published their results in a recent press release.
Regular blood pressure checks should be introduced
One in three people in the UK have high blood pressure. To protect people with high blood pressure from death in the UK, the public should be urged to attend regular blood pressure checks, the doctors say. The experts suspect that 45,000 cases of stroke, heart attack and heart failure could be prevented in the next ten years. This would save the National Health Service (NHS) more than £ 1 billion.
Some areas of Britain are so-called hypertension hotspots
In some areas of the UK, residents are at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. Those living in such an area have a 30 percent higher chance of developing high blood pressure compared to residents of the least disadvantaged areas, the scientists explain. In Birmingham and Leeds, for example, there are such hotspots of hypertension. In these cities, a surprising number of people suffer from undiagnosed hypertension.
Many people are unaware of their high blood pressure
Elevated blood pressure is a so-called "quiet killer", the authors say. There are no symptoms for the condition until a stroke or heart attack occurs. Most of those affected have no idea of their high blood pressure. Even if patients survive the secondary diseases, severe disabilities such as dementia or heart failure can still occur.
What to do if you have high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is one of the most important preventable and treatable diseases and yet the disease is still one of the leading causes of death for people in the UK, explains Professor Graham MacGregor of Blood Pressure UK. People from poorer backgrounds are at increased risk. But what can those affected do to protect themselves from high blood pressure? Another study, for example, found that eating yogurt daily lowers your risk of high blood pressure. Magnesium supplements are also said to help with high blood pressure.
Blood pressure should be measured at least once a year
Of course there are also numerous home remedies for high blood pressure. Still, checking your blood pressure is an important step in reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, or heart failure. Many millions of people take unnecessary risks associated with high blood pressure. The blood pressure should be checked at least once a year, the doctors demanded.
What are the main risk factors for high blood pressure?
The main risk factors for developing high blood pressure are salt consumption, obesity, the lack of fruits, vegetables and exercise. Regular blood pressure measurements are particularly important for people over the age of 40. Cardiovascular risk generally increases from this age, explains Jamie Waterall of Public Health UK. (as)