Hypertension Advice & Facts

High blood pressure, or hypertension is an incredibly common, yet often hidden chronic disease that can have severe consequences if left untreated.

More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have hypertension, though many won’t realize it. Persistently high blood pressure puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes, and increases risk of heart attacks and stroke. It’s not clear exactly what causes high blood pressure, but certain factors heighten the risk.

There is a higher risk if you are over the age of 65, are overweight, or have a diet high in salt and without enough fresh fruit and vegetables. Additionally, drinking excessive alcohol or caffeine, and not getting enough exercise or sleep increases the risk of hypertension. Thankfully, there are ways to treat hypertension, and a healthy lifestyle can have a preventative effect. The best way to catch high blood pressure is by having regular check-ups with your doctor.

This infographic, created by MyTherapy available free on GooglePlay and the AppStore with Blood Pressure UK brings together the key statistics and information about hypertension, and will hopefully raise awareness of the serious consequences of untreated high blood pressure.

HIMSS16 Report – Las Vegas, Nevada

The HIMSS 2016 Conference took place this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, with over 51,000 delegates attending.

Each year the United States host the HIMSS event, which stands for “Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society” and is attended by Professional Leaders within the healthcare sector from all over the globe.

The main focus of these types of events, is to educate health care staff and inform them of the latest trends and Industry wide developments and news. The conference covers over 2 Million square foot of space, and attracts a large amount of overseas visitors as well as Americans.

This years event promises to be one of the most comprehensive yet, with healthcare leaders, partners and exhibitors on hand to discuss the ever changing Industry in great detail. With new developments regarding Cyber Security, Data Sharing, HX360 and the American Health Care changes.

The Health care workshops are a great place to engage in broader discussions and changes to the existing products and services within the Health Care Industry. The Exhibitions offer the opportunity to review some of the most innovative new additions, such as the online tools and mobile applications that are currently available as well as the new ones that are being developed in Beta mode. Experts from a wide spectrum are on hand to engage with everyone who attends, in almost every way possible, ensuring that everyone is catered for.

Patient focused developments are always a hot topic of discussion, and this year will be no different, especially within the medical sector. With wearable technology advancing at a fast pace, we envisage a clearer pathway between what a patient tells us and what a device tells us. Measuring and recording unseen changes within the human body can only enhance our understanding as medical physicians, of the problems a patient may be experiencing. Sharing such data in a measured and controlled environment will lead to fast solutions being implemented all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

This type of advancement will allow us all to prescribe precision medicine based on data driven factual data, that has been gained from using wearable tech.

The Official Website for HIMMS can be found here: http://www.himssconference.org/


Additional resources that may be interesting are The Latest Mobile Tech Reviews – Provided by Tech News and the BBC as well as The Google Deepmind project

The Sponsors of the event in Las Vegas for HS have been updated and added below: 2016

Vegas.com – The Official tourist website, offering travellers the latest news and special offers for the region.

British Airways – The Airline of choice for the worldwide traveller.

WMS – The original pin ball tilt mechanism inventors gaming website, that is now owned by Scientific Games.