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NHS CAMPAIGN - Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

11 Mar 2024

Today, the NHS is launching a new national campaign to find the ‘missing millions’ who have undiagnosed high blood pressure. 

High blood pressure, often described as a ‘silent killer’, affects an estimated 32 per cent of adults. As the condition rarely has any symptoms, approximately three in 10 of these remain undiagnosed, equating to 4.2 million people in England.

The public are today being warned that there are often ‘no clues’ about who might have high blood pressure - the only way to know is to have a simple test.

With the NHS announcing an additional 2.5 million blood pressure checks in community pharmacies over this year and next, those aged 40 years and over are now being urged to get a free blood pressure test at a participating pharmacy. The procedure is quick, non-invasive and you don’t need to book in advance. 

This comes as new survey data reveals widespread misconceptions about the condition among those at risk.

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