Take your Blood Pressure to Heart

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In Switzerland, one person in four suffers from high blood pressure without knowing it. This silent killer can only be detected by carrying out regular blood pressure tests.

Following our last campaign in March 2015, 274 people visited the nurses at their pop-up clinics (in Building 40, Restaurants 2 and 3 and the Main Building) or at the Infirmary (Building 57).

Each of them had their blood pressure measured and received information and advice about high blood pressure, its contributory factors and ways to control it. They were also offered various leaflets about this public health issue.

We would like to draw attention to the fact that 21% of the participants were found to have abnormally high blood-pressure and, crucially, 72% of these had been unaware of the problem. Another point to note is that a significant proportion (16%) of the younger people tested (aged 18 to 30) had abnormal results.

The results of this campaign demonstrate the importance of early screening, but also the high level of interest among the personnel, many of whom dropped in at the nurses’ stands.

Don’t forget that blood-pressure tests are offered throughout the year at the Infirmary for anyone working on the CERN site in any capacity.

Another high-blood-pressure screening campaign will be held in the autumn.

Did you know...?

  • Measuring your blood pressure is the only way to detect hypertension.
  • Hypertension is a cardio-vascular disease which involves high blood pressure in the arteries.
  • Generally, high blood pressure is symptom-free however some people may complain of headaches, buzzing in the ears, dizziness, or nosebleeds.
  • Blood pressure measurements are recommended on a yearly basis from the age of 40.
  • If your father or mother have been treated for hypertension before the age of 50, an annual blood pressure check is advisable from the age of twenty.

How to avoid or reduce high blood pressure:

  • Cut down on or stop smoking
  • Eat a balanced diet, not too salty or greasy but with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Maintain a regular physical activity (walking, cycling, swimming, gardening…)

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