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An estimated 1.3 million people in Scotland are living high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a leading cause of strokes and heart attacks. Less than a third of those people have their blood pressure properly treated and controlled.
The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Heart Disease and Stroke in the Scottish Parliament is a group made up of MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament), clinicians, charities, and people with experience of heart disease or stroke. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is a member of the CPG and helps run the group.
During 2018 the CPG held an Inquiry into high blood pressure in Scotland, resulting in the publication in January 2019 of Beating High Blood Pressure: Scotland’s Silent Killer.
Read the Report: Beating High Blood Pressure: Scotland’s Silent Killer (PDF)
The report recommends that the Scottish Government should tackle high blood pressure by establishing a Task Force to focus on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition. It identifies a number of areas that should be prioritised, including early detection, adherence to medication, and providing health and social care professionals with the right information and training.
Find out more about Living with High Blood Pressure (PDF)
If you would like to speak to someone confidentially about high blood pressure or any aspect of chest, heart or stroke conditions, contact our Advice line nurses on Freephone 0808 801 0899.