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Research has clearly shown that over 70% of people with high blood pressure do not have it under control, around a 50% of patients stop following recommended treatment in the first 12 months after diagnosis.
Blood Pressure UK wants to reach people as soon after diagnosis as possible with clear information and direct support to ensure that more people are in control of their condition and reduce the number of preventable strokes and heart attacks that happen in the UK every year.
Why a special package of support is needed
When someone hears that they have high blood pressure, it can be a real shock. They may have many questions they want to ask and may be unsure what to do next. But consultation times are short and the shock may mean that they cannot remember what their GP has just told them.
Because of this, there is a massive need for a range of help and support for people who have been newly diagnosed with high blood pressure. To ensure that everyone has the tools and skills they need to take control of their blood pressure and lower it life, we are preparing newly diagnosed information packs for people to take home after their consultation.
How the 'newly diagnosed' packs will help
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.
- This project aims to get information about controlling high blood pressure directly into the hands of the patient as soon after diagnosis as possible.
- 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.
- Resources will be bolstered by training courses for nurses about measuring blood pressure and supporting patients in making behavioural changes.
- Blood Pressure UK 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.
How you can help
You can help us to distribute these packs to GP surgeries across the UK by making a donation. To contribute to this project, please:
- make an online donation
- or donate by post (you can also complete a gift aid form) and send it to: Blood Pressure UK, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ