On Wednesday 17 May, PICS marks World Hypertension Day.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Around 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it. In Nottinghamshire, it is estimated that 12,000 people living in Mansfield, Newark, Sherwood and Ashfield may have undiagnosed hypertension.

The only way to tell if blood pressure is high is to test it. PICS has been commissioned by the local NHS, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Integrated Care Board, to provide a new intervention that empowers people to monitor and improve their health. The Hypertension service is led by a Clinical Pharmacist and enabled by expert PICS administrators, working closely with staff in general practice surgeries. The results of the blood pressure checks are closely monitored and residents with high blood pressure are supported to find the right care, before they become seriously unwell. Together, we hope to prevent thousands of cases of strokes, heart conditions, kidney disease and vascular dementia. 2023.05.12_nhs-blood-pressure_Social-statics

The NHS online blood pressure tool will also help residents understand what their numbers mean and offers tips on how to manage blood pressure. For more information visit nhs.uk/bloodpressure

Did you know? 

  • Hypertension is a condition where you have persistent high blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but it can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension is a key risk factor for CVD. If untreated, it increases the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Hypertension affects around 1 in 4 adults in the UK, although many will not realise it as it rarely has noticeable symptoms.
  • All adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.
  • You can check your blood pressure if you have a monitor at home, or as part of your NHS health check, at some workplaces, at a pharmacy or your GP practice.