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High blood pressure (hypertension) is the second biggest risk factor for premature death and disability in England, and affects more than 1 in 4 adults.

Diseases caused by hypertension are estimated to cost the NHS over £2 billion every year, and account for 12 percent of all visits to GPs in England*.

Our group investigates better ways to monitor, diagnose and treat hypertension in primary care, and increasing patient involvement through new interventions such as self-monitoring and self-management.

A particular focus of our research centres around hypertension in pregnancy, which can carry risks for both the woman and the baby and remains one of the leading causes of maternal death in the UK.

Through our research we aim to develop an evidence base to change clinical guidelines, enabling GPs and other healthcare practitioners to deliver better care to those with hypertensive disorders. 

*Figures from Public Health England


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Difference in blood pressure between arms linked to greater death risk

Robust evidence from a large international study confirms that a difference in blood pressure readings between arms is linked to greater risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

Gender differences in heart failure care need to be addressed

Women tend to be diagnosed with heart failure five years older than men, but have a better prognosis, finds research published in the European Journal of Heart Failure.

Blog posts

British South Asian narratives of diabetes and views on future research

Senior Qualitative Researcher Dr Suman Prinjha, with Project Support Assistant Nasima Miah from the University of Leicester, and Professor of General Practice Andrew Farmer write about a knowledge exchange workshop for patients, public, researchers and health professionals to discuss South Asian narratives of diabetes and what future research should explore. The project was funded by a University of Oxford KE Seed Fund award.

“You’ve got pre-diabetes.” What does the patient do next?

Diabetes prevention is a national priority, and those on the pathway to diabetes are now given the diagnosis "pre-diabetes" to encourage lifestyle changes that improve their outlook. But what's the reality for those given a diagnosis? NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and DPhil Student Eleanor Barry writes about her latest research looking at how behaviours change following a pre-diabetes diagnosis, spotlighting a range of social and cultural factors for policymakers to consider.