The British Heart Foundation has joined forces with leading health organisations to improve the nation’s blood pressure levels and stop more lives being cut short by cardiovascular disease.
Around seven million people in the UK are unaware they have high blood pressure, increasing their risk of a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke.
Figures show reducing the nation’s blood pressure to within healthy limits could save the NHS £850million in health and social care spend over 10 years.
The BHF has teamed up with Public Health England and other key health organisations to launch a new strategy aimed at improving the way we prevent, diagnose and treat high blood pressure.
Millions of people are walking around with this ticking time bomb, unaware that they are at increased risk of a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke.
Professor Peter Weissberg
Professor Peter Weissberg, our Medical Director, said: “High blood pressure produces no symptoms until it causes a heart attack or a stroke, yet it is easily detectible and easily treated.
Despite this there are millions of people walking around with this ticking time bomb, unaware that they are at increased risk of a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke.
It is simply unacceptable that so many avoidable heart attacks and strokes are occurring when the solution is so simple.
The British Heart Foundation is strongly behind Public Health England’s new action plan. By identifying people with high blood pressure and treating them we will have an enormous impact on the future health of our nation.