The theme of this year’s World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2015 is “know your numbers”.
NPS MedicineWise is encouraging Australians with high blood pressure to take an active interest in monitoring and managing their condition by getting into the habit of knowing their numbers.
One in three Australian adults have high blood pressure; it is the most frequently managed chronic problem by Australian doctors in general practice.
A recent survey revealed many Australians are unaware of the serious health risks associated with high blood pressure.
One in three surveyed Australians were unaware of the link between high blood pressure and heart attack, heart failure and heart disease. Similarly, one in three of those surveyed were unaware of the link between high blood pressure and having a stroke.
And 96% of surveyed Australians didn’t know there was a link between high blood pressure and kidney disease.
NPS MedicineWise Clinical Adviser Dr Andrew Boyden says, “Australians with high blood pressure need to be aware of the health risks associated with the condition and the importance of identifying and managing it to reduce these risks.
“It is also important for people to have a good understanding of their blood pressure medicines and how these should be taken. Therefore keeping a medicines list handy and up-to-date is recommended.”
Blood pressure measurement is an important component of cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management. NPS is encouraging people to ’know your numbers’ and be proactive in managing high blood pressure include:
- checking of blood pressure—your health professional can check your blood pressure and may also recommend you take measurements at home or undergo blood pressure monitoring over a 24 hour period;
- knowing your blood pressure goal;
- keeping a record of blood pressure measurements and an up-to-date list of medicines;
- making lifestyle changes as recommended by a doctor; and
- taking medicines as prescribed.
Detailed information about blood pressure management can be found here.