Every year around 400,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with high blood pressure. Yet over 70% of people diagnosed are not in control of their condition, tripling their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The Blood Pressure Association wants to provide the necessary information and support to newly diagnosed patients.
It ran from 1:11 PM, 23 October 2014 to 2:18 PM, 23 October 2014
For the vast majority of people who have been diagnosed with hypertension, it is a lifelong condition necessitating following a life long regimen of medication. Combining medication with genuine behavioural and lifestyle changes is the most effective way of avoiding disability and death through strokes and heart disease. It is clear from our members and enquirers that these two facts are often not discussed during the process of diagnosis and this has a direct impact on the levels of control that can be seen around the country. ‚Ä¢This project aims to get information about controlling high blood pressure directly into the hands of the patient as soon after diagnosis as possible. ‚Ä¢Information will be supported by face to face support through workshops available at the PCT level to talk through the dangers of high blood pressure, the patient journey over the first 12 months and long term strategies for managing the condition. ‚Ä¢Resources will be bolstered by training courses for nurses about measuring blood pressure and supporting patients in making behavioural changes. ‚Ä¢The BPA will run a telephone helpline targeting the newly diagnosed responding to questions and giving support supplemented by follow up e-guides to aid the transitional period.
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