The free blood pressure checks have found that more than one in six people in Bradford district may have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Businesses across Bradford are being urged to sign up for free blood pressure checks in their workplace to help prevent strokes and heart attacks among their staff.
In support of World Hypertension Day on Friday 17 May, employers are encouraged to join May’s ‘Measurement Month’, which aims to educate and increase awareness of hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure.
Free blood pressure checks are being offered through a partnership between NHS Bradford City and Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). They are carried out by HALE (Health Action Local Engagement), a healthy living charity based in Bradford. Trained teams visit local communities, including workplaces, across the district offering free blood pressure checks as part of the Bradford Healthy Hearts initiative.
The free blood pressure checks have found that more than one in six people in Bradford district may have undiagnosed high blood pressure. As part of the checks, over 500 people with high blood pressure readings have been advised to see their GP and around 20 people have been advised to do this within 24 hours as their blood pressure was worryingly high.
Dr Youssef Beaini, GP and clinical lead for cardiovascular disease for NHS Bradford City and Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said: “High blood pressure (hypertension) usually has no symptoms, but it is a contributing factor for at least half of all heart attacks and strokes and it is a major risk factor for kidney disease, heart failure and dementia.
"At the free blood pressure checks, you will be given your reading and the re-assurance that you’re fine, or advised to see your GP. It’s entirely up to you whether you follow the advice but there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, and often they could have been prevented.
"The effects can be devastating and even fatal. One in 14 deaths are caused by stroke and it is the fourth biggest killer in the UK."