Tuesday 17 May is World Hypertension Day which aims to increase the awareness of the danger of high blood pressure in communities across the globe.

To mark the day local GP Dr Martin Longley is encouraging people in Dorset to know their numbers and seek advice early if they are concerned.

Dr Longley “It is important that people check their blood pressure regularly and whilst checks are available in the community, home monitoring is convenient and can save time, both for individuals and clinicians, it also enables you to take regular tests in a familiar environment.

“Monitors are inexpensive and are readily available online, on the high street or through pharmacies. Alternatively, if you are invited for a free NHS health check make sure you attend.

“Keep a record of your blood pressure, and if your numbers are high, you should inform your GP.

“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is the second most common cause of death in England after cancer so it is important that people identify if they are affected and seek help as soon as they can. Early identification and intervention can save lives.”

The NHS Community Pharmacy Blood Pressure Check Service supports risk identification and prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Anyone who appears to be over the age of 40 may be offered a check by their local pharmacist and given the appropriate advice or referral if necessary.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk and search for ‘blood pressure’.

Find out more about home monitoring BP@Home.