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IHF Urges for Blood Pressure Checks on World Hypertension Day

Yesterday was World Hypertension Day (17th May), and to bring into focus the seriousness of this issue the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has urged the nation to get checked for high blood pressure.

Currently, nearly two thirds of Irish adults over 45 years are affected by high blood pressure.

A silent predator, high blood pressure rarely carries any signs or symptoms yet it is a major cause of stroke and heart attack. In fact, people with uncontrolled high blood pressure are three times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to people with healthy or controlled blood pressure.

Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director, Irish Heart Foundation said:

“Nearly 10, 000 people die from cardiovascular diseases in Ireland each year. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. Even if you feel well and healthy, you could still have high blood pressure - a silent risk factor for stroke and heart attack. The good news is, once detected high blood pressure can be effectively managed through lifestyle changes…In some cases doctors will recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to manage your blood pressure and protect you against heart attacks and strokes.”

In September this year, to coincide with its National Heart Month, the IHF will be launching a free blood pressure road show. It has also published some tips to manage your blood pressure.

For further advice please visit the Irish Heart Foundation Website.

 

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