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Blood pressure - Do you know your Numbers?

Do you ever stop to check your blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as Hypertension, often has no symptoms. In fact the first sign of it could be as serious as a heart attack or stroke!

High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions in this country and that's why we are encouraging you to 'Know Your Numbers'

Monitoring your blood pressure is easy and can be done at home. Taking just five minutes to measure your blood pressure could save your life. Your practice nurse or pharmacist can measure your blood pressure, or you can take it yourself at home using a blood pressure monitor.  Check out the poster below to see just how easy it is or watch this short video by Blood Pressure UK.

In case you needed more reasons to be aware of your blood pressure did your know that: 

1 in 2 strokes and heart attacks are the result of high blood pressure.

1 in 3 adults in the UK have high blood pressure.

1 in 2 adults with high blood pressure don’t know they have it or aren’t receiving treatment.

6 million people in the UK alone have high blood pressure and don’t know it.

£2.1 billion – that’s how much high blood pressure costs the NHS every year.

It can cause kidney disease, dementia and other illnesses too

BUT you can help to prevent this by monitoring your blood pressure. If your blood pressure readings from any setting are consistently above 140/90mmHg you may have high blood pressure and should contact your GP practice for a review. High blood pressure can easily be treated with medications and lifestyle changes.

The British Heart Foundation website provides essential tips to monitor and reduce your blood pressure and if you would like to purchase your own monitor you can see a recommended list HERE.