Don’t get caught out by ‘silent killer’

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MORE than 120,000 people in West Sussex have sought help for high blood pressure, a report shows.

But doctors suggest this may only represent a third of the people with blood pressure issues as many are not aware they have the condition.

Next week NHS health advisers will be raising awareness of the risks of high blood pressure, which include strokes and heart attacks.

Councillor Peter Catchpole, who is in charge of health and adult services in West Sussex, said: ‘It is vital that adults get their blood pressure checked so if there is a problem then it can be managed. The worst thing is to ignore the warning signs until it is too late.’

Sue Giddings, Sussex Community NHS Trust’s deputy chief nurse, said: ‘Sometimes called the “silent killer”, high blood pressure rarely has obvious symptoms, which is why it’s so important to have a test.’

Health professionals will be holding an event next Wednesday at Bognor Regis Town Hall annex between 10am and 2pm. To book an appointment call (01243) 642370.