The National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network, in partnership with the Public Health England blood pressure team, has launched a series of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Profiles for each CCG and lower tier local authorities.
The Hypertension Profiles show each local authority how well it is doing in detecting and treating high blood pressure by comparing its performance with that of similar authorities and with the rest of England.
High blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for premature death and disability, and can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and dementia. Conditions caused by high blood pressure cost the NHS over £2bn every year. By reducing the blood pressure of the nation as a whole, £850m of NHS and social care spend could be avoided over 10 years.
In Blackburn with Darwen there are an estimated 39,200 people with high blood pressure, of which 22,000 have been diagnosed with the condition. An estimated 18,000 residents have undiagnosed hypertension, which equates to 1 in every 8 people in Blackburn with Darwen.
Dr John Randall, clinical lead for long term conditions lead at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Unfortunately, the only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to get it measured. Because high blood pressure rarely shows any symptoms, people live with it without realising, and that is why it is estimated we have so many people who are potentially living with it but not actually diagnosed.
“Ideally, all adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every five years. In Blackburn with Darwen we’re trying to pick up symptoms of high blood pressure in our patients as early as we can by offering patients a Health Check or “MOT.” Compared to the national start age of 40, in Blackburn with Darwen we start them at 35. As well as monitoring blood pressure, the health check also assesses the risk of developing serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. So it is vitally important when you are contacted by your surgery that you attend so your GP can make sure everything is as it should be.”
To view or download the regional hypertension profiles, visit:http://www.yhpho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=223374