A new initiative that was launched in April 2019 with the aim to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes across Harrogate and surrounding areas is showing positive results. The local Harrogate NHS Commissioning Group is working in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and other healthcare professionals to support the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project.
The first phase of the project focuses on hypertension or more commonly known as high blood pressure. Since its official launch an extra 250 people across the Harrogate districts have been added to the hypertension register and an extra 400 patients had their blood pressure controlled to safe limits under 140/90 or better. Often people are unaware to have high blood pressure, resulting in an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure is common, affecting at least one quarter of adults in the UK. It often has no symptoms, but when found, is one of the most preventable causes of early death in the U.K. If untreated, it can have a devastating impact leaving many people face life with disabilities or it can lead to developing cardiovascular disease including heart attack or stroke.
We have been working with local GPs to help identify patients with undiagnosed high blood pressure to improve their treatment. If you have high blood pressure, your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. The only way of knowing whether you have high blood pressure is to have a test. All adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every five years.
It is never too late to reduce the risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease, such as being overweight, smoking, drinking and having an unhealthy diet and start looking after your heart. The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts initiative will help patients make the kinds of lifestyle changes needed to stay healthy.
For more information about the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts project please visit http://www.westyorkshireandharrogatehealthyhearts.co.uk/ or contact Pete Waddingham, programme manager, email@example.com
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