The Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Leads Group are working on a system wide approach for the prevention, detection and treatment of high blood pressure. A stakeholder event earlier in 2015 gathered local insight from key partners about perceptions of high blood pressure and how diagnosis and treatment can be improved.

With 625,000 people in Cheshire & Merseyside affected by high blood pressure and almost half of this number thought to be unaware that they have the condition, it’s critical that urgent action is taken to prevent, identify and manage people at risk of developing serious diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.

"Saving lives: Reducing the pressure" is the Cheshire & Merseyside five year cross-sector strategy to tackle high blood pressure and launched on Tuesday 17th May, World Hypertension Day 2016. The strategy is the culmination of two years iterative sub-regional developments across Cheshire & Merseyside and sets out the vision, aims, objectives and high level action plan for the prevention, detection and management of high blood pressure.

At the heart of the strategy is the ambition to ensure local communities have the best possible blood pressure and that Cheshire & Merseyside becomes the most improved sub-region in England for blood pressure outcomes.

The strategy is being led by the Cheshire & Merseyside Blood Pressure Partnership Board which has representation from local authorities, health and the voluntary sector.

The Saving lives: Reducing the pressure 2017 Annual Report is now available. Celebrating the significant progress made against the strategy objectives, the report provides a first baseline dataset and an overview of priorities for the year ahead.  

To support Cheshire & Merseyside’s ambitious blood pressure strategy, the Directors of Public Health from all 9 local authorities agreed to support and amplify Blood Pressure UK’s 2017 Know Your Numbers!® Week - the UK's biggest and most far reaching blood pressure testing event and awareness week. The aim of the campaign was to help increase detection of the estimated 260,000 people in Cheshire & Merseyside who have high blood pressure but don’t know it. Results on the 2017 campaign will be available shortly.

Download the Cheshire & Merseyside cross sector blood pressure strategy here

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Cheshire & Merseyside now has a dedicated website for Cardiovascular Disease prevention, Happy Hearts. The website is both public facing and holds resources for professionals. Visit the site here.