Search

Thousands more people with high blood pressure in Havering

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 14 May 2018

High blood pressure affects thousands more patients in Havering's CCG than it did eight years ago. Picture: PA

High blood pressure affects thousands more patients in Havering's CCG than it did eight years ago. Picture: PA

PA Wire/PA Images

High blood pressure affects thousands more patients in Havering than it did eight years ago, as experts warn it may be the tip of the iceberg.

There were 37,659 patients with high blood pressure on doctors’ books in the Havering CCG area in 2016-17, the most recent year for which data is available, according to figures from Public Health England.

A Havering CCG spokeswoman said: “We know that the population is living longer and with more long term conditions and general ill health than ten years ago.

“Our GPs are also better at picking up and treating issues such as high blood pressure, which can be very serious.

“Many patients over 45 - particularly men - rarely see their GP, and we would encourage those who haven’t done so recently, to arrange to have their blood pressure checked by their doctor or practice nurse.”

Poor diet, lack of exercise and drinking too much alcohol or coffee can all increase risk of high blood pressure.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: ““Having high blood pressure can be deadly as, if left untreated, it significantly increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

“It’s much more common than you might think, with nearly one in three adults in the UK living with the condition. We estimate there are up to 7 million people in the UK with untreated or undiagnosed high blood pressure.”

All adults over 40 are recommended to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years.

However, the figures show that GPs in the Havering CCG had no record of a blood pressure reading in the last five years for 9.2pc of their patients over 45.

“The biggest problem with high blood pressure is that it’s silent there are rarely any signs or symptoms,” Ms Talbot added.

“That’s why its so important that people know their numbers, and seek advice and treatment if needed.”

Related articles

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Romford Recorder

1959 A 16-year-old Hornchurch boy who tried - and failed - to rescue his father from drowning at Southend was praised at the inquest this week for his courage. David Benton, of Northumberland Avenue, Hornchurch and a friend. Arthur Frederick Suckling, 17, of Factory Road, Romford, who helped in the rescue attempt, were told by Mr A. J. Dalton, Southend deputy coroner: “Your efforts were very valiant.” A verdict of the accidental drowning was recorded in the death of Charles Edwin Joseph Benton, 46, who was employed at a photographic firm. He died near the wreck of Mulberry Harbour, off the beach at Thorpe Bay. Mr Benton, described by his wife as “a big healthy and active, keen on the water but not a strong swimmer,” was brought to shore by Donald Atkinson of Winchmore Hill. 1979 Police were hunting for a brave have-a-go hero who tackled armed bandits in a bid to stop a £25,000 robbery. The mystery man lashed out at a vicious shotgun gang when they swooped on security guards outside at Elm Park bank. Detectives praised his courage and appealed for him to come forward, The drama began when a Security Express van arrived outside the National Westminster Bank in Elm parade, St Nicholas Avenue at 10.20am to deliver cash. Two guards left the van to walk towards the bank and were pounced on by four men with sawn-off shotguns. One grabbed the cash bag and started to run off. But one of the guards jumped on his back, and threatened to shoot if he didn’t let him go. The mystery hero then ran to help the guards and punched one of the gang. 1999 A pair of armed robbers held up a Securicor van with a gun and are believed to have made off with around £70,000. The terrifying attack happened around 10am outside the Abbey National bank, in Station Parade, Elm Park. It is believed the robbers shoved a Securicor guard up against the side of the van and threatened him with a handgun, while another guard inside the van passed out money through the hatch. Securicor was offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction. A witness said: “It was really frightening, these two men started shouting and waving a gun. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, then they just ran off. I was quite shaky because I didn’t know where they were going to run to or to what they were going to do next - it was awful.”

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists