Tipp People Urged To Get Their Blood Pressure Checked


People in Tipperary have been urged to have their blood pressure checked as part of a new campaign to drive awareness of its dangers.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Before Damage is Done’ initiative highlights the link between high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke.

The ‘silent killer’ affects two out of three over-50s – but because it is symptomless, half do not know they have it. Adults living in Tipperary, and especially those aged over 50, are asked to have their blood pressure checked with their GP or local pharmacy.

Previous research shows Ireland has one of the lowest rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure in Europe.

The Irish Heart Foundation says Blood Pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease and stroke but there are many factors that effect a person’s risk.

High blood pressure is also one of the few conditions that people have the power to successfully manage – but only if they know they have it according to the Irish Heart Foundation.