Hypertension time for action

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There are now major concerns being raised at the highest level over emerging data from different sources suggesting that the extraordinary circumstances over the past year associated with the pandemic has had significant adverse consequences for the care of our people with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease and in particular hypertension. The need to take action urgently in relation to this has never been to so important and the PCCS has an important role to play in this.

Shahed Ahmad, the National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Prevention, highlighted this situation in his talk at the PCCS Annual Conference and a recording of his presentation can be viewed here. Almost all of our members are engaged directly or indirectly in the care of this vulnerable patient group, many of whom have hypertension, and we should be considering both individually and collectively how we best support the evolving national campaign to address this, not least prioritising review of all patients on the hypertension register to ensure blood pressure checks are undertaken, followed by intervention to control BP where appropriate.