Welsh AMs have shown support for May Measurement Month 2017 (MMM17) - a Cardiff Met and BHF Cymru-implemented initiative led by the International Society of Hypertension’s global initiative.
MMM17 is a worldwide screening initiative aimed at highlighting the need for increased blood pressure awareness and Cardiff Met and British Heart Foundation Cymru have teamed up to implement a roadshow of measurement sites across Wales.
Dr Dai Lloyd AM was one of those to attend the screening event at the Senedd along with Angela Burns AM (Spokesperson for Health), Vaughan Gething AM (Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing and Sport) and Jane Hutt AM (Leader of the House and Chief Whip.)
One in six people in Wales are currently being treated for high blood pressure – which is the single biggest treatable cause of death worldwide and the cause of many heart related conditions, despite having no symptoms. Some only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke or are diagnosed with something else, such as heart or kidney disease.
BHF Cymru research indicates that for every 10 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated - there could be up to 350,000 people who have not been diagnosed. If left untreated, it can cause many cardiovascular conditions, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and dementia.
Dr Dai Lloyd AM said: “I am very pleased to be sponsoring the BHF Cymru and Cardiff Metropolitan University event at the National Assembly. It is vitally important that we raise awareness of the effects of high blood pressure and initiatives such as these undertaken at both a national and global level are vital in meeting that aim.”
Dr Barry McDonnell, Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Physiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: “As Wales co-ordinator of the MMM17 campaign, I would sincerely like to thank Dr Dai Lloyd AM and The Welsh Government for their support in promoting this important initiative. Helping us increase people’s awareness of the risk associated with having high blood pressure is crucially important in improving the health of the people of Wales.”
Anyone over 18 years old, who has not had their blood pressure measured in the last year is eligible to attend a Welsh measurement session at venues including gyms, pharmacies, shopping centres, workplaces, universities and other public spaces – a full list is available on www.mmmwales.com