Launched in 2001, ‘Know Your Numbers!’ week helped 1.5 million people in the UK check their blood pressure. Now, ‘Know Your Numbers!’ returns from 10th – 16th September and aims to bring a bigger awareness to blood pressure and provide free checks for thousands of people across the country.
Nationwide organisations have signed up to set-up Pressure Stations in communities, where adults can go to to have their blood pressure checked by a healthcare professional. These stations will be popping up in GP surgeries, leisure centres, pharmacies, workplaces and shopping centres.
There is usually no symptoms of high blood pressure so it is important to ‘know your number’ to keep your current pressure in check. Often referred to as a silent killer, high blood pressure can increase the risk of a stroke, heart disease or heart attack. This year, the charity Blood Pressure UK are encouraging every family member to take time this week to get their blood pressure checked.
Many factors can lead to high blood pressure, including age, genetics, lack of exercise, being overweight, smoking, long-term sleep deprivation, or having a high amount of salt in your diet. Blood pressure is measured with two numbers; the systolic pressure (higher number) is the force the heart pumps blood around the body, and the diastolic pressure (lower number) is the resistance to the blood flow in blood vessels. The ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. Making a change to lifestyle can help lower blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart failure, kidney disease, a stroke, and heart attacks.
This week, we are encouraging everyone to get their blood pressure checked. To find your nearest ‘Pressure Station’ visit the Blood Pressure UK website here. If you can’t find a station close, your GP will be more than happy to help. You can also find more information about Blood Pressure UK by clicking here or you can visit the NHS website to find out more about how to prevent risks.