High blood pressure (hypertension) is very common, affecting more than 1 in 4 adults in England (PHE – Tackling high blood pressure action plan). If left untreated, high blood pressure can increase the risk of a number of serious conditions, for example heart failure, heart attacks, kidney disease and stroke. Whilst improvements in treating high blood pressure have prevented or delayed many thousands of premature deaths, at present only 4 in 10 adults with high blood pressure are aware of their condition and are receiving the recommended treatment.
The figure shows that the QOF prevalence of hypertension for GP surgeries in NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG is well below the modelled prevalence estimate. This suggests that almost half of the estimated population living with hypertension are undiagnosed and subsequently are not known to primary care as at risk of the serious conditions outlined above.
QOF: 2015/16 (published in November 2016)
Practice Population: GP Practice Population (as at 31st March 2016)
Prevalence Model: Eastern Region Public Health Observatory