High blood pressure among men can be tackled at work

first_imgHigh blood pressure among men can be tackled at workOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Moreneeds to be done to raise awareness about the perils of high blood pressureamong men, and the workplace is the ideal place to do it, a charity hassuggested.TheBlood Pressure Association urged MPs, peers and employers at a parliamentaryreception in October to look at innovative ways to tackle ignorance about highblood pressure and men’s health.Thousandsof working men are at risk of severe disability simply because they do not knowtheir blood pressure, and many more face premature death because their highblood pressure has not been detected and adequately treated, it said.Highblood pressure causes half of all strokes and heart attacks in the UK, and theworkplace is the perfect setting for both awareness raising and detection ofhigh blood pressure, said association chairman, Professor Graham MacGregor.“Evidencesuggests that men, especially working class men, are often reluctant to have ahealth check. A simple blood pressure check – and appropriate follow up – inthe workplace could bring immense savings to both the individual concerned andtheir employer,” he argued.Manyemployers took part in the association’s annual national blood pressure testingweek in September, which encourages workplaces to offer drop-in services forblood pressure checks, but more could still be done.OHpractitioners needed to play a central part in this process, urged LutonAirport OH adviser Jackie Parker. “We are in an ideal position to target a‘healthy population’ who do not have any reason to go to their GP and thereforedo not get any checks.”Astudy by the association during the testing week found that men were morelikely to know their partner’s bra size than their own blood pressure.www.bpassoc.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more