The UK NSC policy on Hypertension screening in adults
Blood pressure is defined as the amount of pressure exerted on the walls of the arteries as the blood moves through them. High blood pressure (hypertension) often causes no symptoms or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that can affect the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.
While population screening should not be offered, the UK National Screening Committee has identified the need for a Vascular Risk Management Programme.
This policy was reviewed in Jul 2006 and significant changes were made. It is due to be considered again in 2011/12, or earlier if significant new evidence emerges.
Evidence Supporting the Policy
National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease - in particular Chapter 2: Preventing coronary heart disease in high risk patients (2000)
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us.