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Date posted: 10 April 2017
Around 6% of adults who took the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey in 2012-2013 said that they had high blood pressure. High blood pressure was the most common type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) reported by adults in the survey.
This year, the Heart Foundation's annual campaign, Heart Week, will shine a spotlight on the importance of diagnosing and treating high blood pressure. In particular, the campaign encourages health professionals to get acquainted with the Heart Foundation's new hypertension guidelines.
The guidelines recommend:
Did you know that the Heart Foundation in partnership with NPS MedicineWise has produced a collection of hypertension resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and that health professionals can obtain them for free? The resources include a flipchart for educational sessions, a patient brochure on high blood pressure and flyers on the following medicines:
For more information about high blood pressure and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, see the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource about cardiovascular disease.
Let's shine a spotlight on high blood pressure during Heart Week, 30 April - 6 May 2017.
Source: Heart Foundation and Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet