Often going undetected until far too late, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or potentially even death. But a simple two minute and painless test will tell you if your blood pressure is normal, high or low and could save their life.
It’s called ‘the Silent Killer’ affecting 1 in 3 adults in the UK, but as part of Know Your Numbers week NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group are fighting back against high blood pressure by encouraging the public to get checked for free at their local pressure station.
From 10th-16th September 2018, Blood Pressure UK will have hundreds of Pressure Stations across the UK offering free blood pressure checks.
The ideal blood pressure range is below 120 over 80 (120/80mmHg) but most adults in the UK have readings from 120/80mmHg to 140/90mmHg.
Chair of NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Deryth Stevens, believes that more people should be aware of their blood pressure and Know their numbers:
“In the UK high blood pressure is the third biggest risk factor for all disease after smoking and poor diet. It accounts for 12% of all GP appointments in England, these numbers can be reduced if more people are aware of the risks having high blood pressure can bring.”
“It is ‘the Silent Killer’, there are no symptoms and the only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to get tested so we would encourage everyone who thinks they might be at risk to go and get themselves checked this Know Your Numbers week.”
Without knowing their numbers or knowing what the optimum blood pressure range is, many people are unable to take those vital steps towards a healthier life.
In most cases, it's not clear exactly what causes high blood pressure but it can be easily reduced and prevented by taking the following measures:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting active
- Cutting down on caffeine
- Stopping smoking
- Getting a good night’s sleep
High blood pressure costs the NHS over £2.1 billion every year.
You can find more information about Know Your Numbers week by visiting the Blood Pressure UK website and get more advice on high blood pressure related conditions on the NHS website.