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130,000 people in Norfolk could be living with undiagnosed high blood pressure

130,000 people in Norfolk could be living with undiagnosed high blood pressure

Published by Grace Mcgachy
3:03pm 29th January 2020.

Nearly 130,000 people in Norfolk and Waveney are expected to have high blood pressure that has not been diagnosed. 

It's been described as the silent killer because it doesn't always come with obvious symptoms and can lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

So we're being encouraged to get our blood pressure checked, you can even get it done at a pharmacy. 


The launch of Get Checked across Norfolk and Waveney, encourages everyone to have their blood pressure checked.

The campaign is urging anyone who is worried about their blood pressure, to go to one of the participating community pharmacies for a check. 

They can be found here.

Dr Sarah Flindall, a local GP and the lead for cardiovascular diseases in primary care, said:

"If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes.

Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions.

Lifestyle changes and certain medicines if needed, can help you keep your blood pressure to a safe level.

We are working with selected community pharmacies to diagnose more people who have high blood pressure and follow this up with appropriate treatment from local GPs.

This initiative is a great example of partnership working and has been developed by the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney, community pharmacies and Public Health." 

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Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention said: 

"This campaign, which we are launching today, aims to make people more aware of the risks of having high blood pressure as well as encouraging them to get a free blood pressure check at one of the participating pharmacies across the county listed at norfolk.gov.uk/getchecked ."

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health said: 

"High blood pressure is a condition that can be managed through medication and changes in lifestyle, but it can only happen if the individual knows they have it.  

Very often the first time somebody may realise they have high blood pressure is once they have had a stroke or experienced a heart attack.

Keeping to a healthy weight, reducing the salt in your diet and drinking less alcohol can reduce your risk of high blood pressure

This campaign aims to prevent these kind life threatening conditions through early intervention and helping people in Norfolk understand how they can lower their blood pressure if needed."

Participating pharmacies are taking part in the Get Checked and offering repeater blood pressure checks and a 7 day blood pressure check.

They will also be able to refer to GPs as and when needed."

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