Published On: Mon, Mar 3rd, 2014 on 1:43 pm

30,000 in Wakefield not yet diagnosed for high blood pressure, sessions to help

Doctor And Patient

Nearly a third of adults (84,000 people) in Wakefield are estimated to have high blood pressure, whilst 30,000 people are not yet diagnosed, according to recent findings by Public Health England.

The government health organisation revealed that last year, there were over 1,000 emergency admissions to hospital for a heart attack or stroke in Wakefield.

During the same period, 179 people died from a heart attack and 148 died from a stroke.

To help raise awareness, a new four-week campaign will be launched by the organisation to encourage people over the age of 40 to visit one of over 50 blood pressure drop-in sessions set up across Wakefield that make it convenient for people to get a quick, free test.

Dr Stephen Morton, Public Health England’s Centre Director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Your chance of having high blood pressure increases as you get older however the condition is often symptomless and is impossible to spot without a test.

“This is why a number of drop-ins have been set up across Wakefield – to make it as easy as possible for people to find out if they are one of the 30,000 people currently undiagnosed with high blood pressure in the area.”

Health workers will be on hand at these drop-in sessions to offer information and lifestyle advice, to help people achieve or maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Mr Morton added: “By working closely with community groups and organisations we hope to reduce premature deaths by raising detection of high blood pressure and educating everyone on the steps they can take to control their blood pressure.”

Adverts will be promoted across Wakefield starting from today and the blood pressure drop-in testing points will go live on 10 March.

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