National Health Information and Support Sources
Please click on the link below for our list of national health information and support sources.
Blood Pressure Association
Tel: 020 8772 4994
60 Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0QS
The Blood Pressure Association is a young organisation, it aims to draw attention to the need to improve detection, management and treatment of high blood pressure, so that everyone in the UK will realise the importance of knowing what their blood pressure levels are. The site is well designed and user friendly. It has information on what is high blood pressure, having it measured, measuring at home, monitors, treatments, medication, changes to lifestyle and risk factors.
British Heart Foundation
Tel: 08450 708070
14 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H 6DH
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the leading national charity fighting heart and circulatory disease - the UK's biggest killer. The BHF funds research, education, life-saving equipment and helps heart patients return to a full and active way of life.
High Blood Pressure Foundation
Treatment information is general and brief, and focuses on self-help options (diet, exercise, smoking). No advice is given on how to implement these lifestyle changes and no mention of any difficulties that may be encountered.
British Hypertension Society
This is a useful site, logically set out, written in an excellent friendly Q and A style. The format is excellent – particularly the table of drugs at the end. A weakness is that the groups of drugs are not described. In general, though, it’s very good.
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland
Tel: 0845 077 6000
Aims to improve the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness through medical research, advice and information, and support in the community. The Advice Line number is 0845 077 6000; all calls are charged at local rates, and there is an out of hours answer phone. It is staffed by specialist nurses, from 9.30 am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (UK)
Tel: 0800 3898 156
PHA(UK), PO Box 2760, Lewes, Sussex, BN8 4WA
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (UK) aims to provide support, understanding, and information for all those people whose lives are touched by Pulmonary Hypertension.
American Heart Association
American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231
An American organisation that aims to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It is clearly laid out and provides straight forward information on a number of heart conditions and diseases. Please note that treatments and information on drugs may differ from the UK.
The user is taken to the Lifeclinic website. There is a vast amount of potentially relevant material under headings that include heart disease, hypertension and pregnancy, healthy eating, etc.
Institute: Health and Life Sciences
Formally the OMNi site, Intute provides Information of different types, guidelines, patient information, trials scattered through various sections of the site, including Coronary Heart Disease, which is vast. Advice under patient information is really a gateway to other sites for Hypertension.
The Merck Manual
Very general and didactic (emphasises compliance and doctor as decision maker) Lifestyle options are outlined and various drugs named.