Parents told to get blood pressure checked

Grown-up children are being enlisted to nag their parents about getting their blood pressure checked to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Adult children across Australia have been given permission to boss their mum and dad around for the sake of their hearts.

For the month of May, millennials are being encouraged to lovingly nag their parents to have their blood pressure checked - the number one risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

Professor Michael Stowasser, president of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, says too many Australians currently have high blood pressure and it's time go get a little bossy with your parents.

"Six million Australians have high blood pressure and around two thirds of these have uncontrolled high blood pressure," said Professor Stowasser.

"Regular blood pressure checks and appropriate treatment can prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes, and who better to reach mum and dad than their grown-up children?" he said.

As part of May Measurement Month and World Hypertension Day, an initiative of The George Institute for Global Health, families have also been urged to discuss the level of salt they consume.

Salt is linked to high blood pressure but most people aren't aware of how much they are consuming because it is often "hidden" in packaged foods, warn publich health experts.

"We know that if you reduce the amount of salt you eat, you can reduce your risk of high blood pressure," said Professor John Chalmers at The George Institute.

"We would urge families who are sitting down to eat a meal to have a conversation about how much salt they are eating and their heart health," Prof Chalmers said.

Source AAP

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