Recognising hidden hypertension

16th April 2018

Nearly 30% of UK adults have high blood pressure, and on average 26,000 people in every CCG in England are not yet diagnosed. The prevalence increases with age.

That’s according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which recently updated and published its report, High Blood Pressure How Can We Can Do Better?

For every ten people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated. Untreated hypertension is usually associated with a progressive rise in blood pressure and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney disease, as well as strokes.

According to the report, detection and diagnosis are key; hypertension is generally asymptomatic and the majority of diagnoses are made either as a result of opportunistic testing, screening or due to symptomatic presentation.

The BHF and its partners have come together to provide data and resources to help you improve the detection and management of high blood pressure (BP) in your area. These include:

  • summaries of national BP data for England and Wales
  • detailed reports of BP care at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level in England
  • recommendations for commissioners and GP practices about how to improve care.

The report and other resources can be found here.

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