17,000 people in Barking & Dagenham undetected with high blood pressure, health campaigners warn
PUBLISHED: 17:17 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:25 30 May 2018
Thousands of people don't realise they have high blood pressure which could lead to hypertension, strokes and heart disease, it has emerged.
Nearly half the 41,800 men and women estimated to have the condition in the Barking & Dagenham Clinical Commissioning area have not been diagnosed.
Health campaigners say “what’s most scary is that they know they have high blood pressure”.
The details came from yesterday’s public blood monitoring at Bart’s Hospital run by Dr Gurvinder Rull as part of an International Society of Hypertension health charity’s monitoring campaign.
“Hypertension is one of the easiest conditions to prevent and treat,” Dr Rull said.
“Yet it is a leading contribution for deaths, and raises risk of stroke and heart attack. Serious cardiovascular complications can be avoided with early intervention.”
The campaign using donated Omron healthcare equipment highlights gaps in information such as the 17,000 undiagnosed, with one-in-five of the total 209,000 population said to have high blood pressure.
It is collecting scientific evidence to influence public policy on blood screening to reduce hypertension that causes 10 million deaths a year worldwide.