This week (6-12 September) is Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers Week, the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event
Every September, Blood Pressure UK takes action to discover adults with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high blood pressure.
With the usual community ‘Pressure Stations’ unable to happen this year, those with high blood pressure and don’t know it could be left undiscovered.
That’s why the organisation is encouraging home testing during Know your numbers week.
Why monitor blood pressure?
- Approximately a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most (approx. 6 million) don’t know it.
- High blood pressure rarely has any symptoms and so the only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to check.
- High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart disease and other illnesses.
- It could save your life. Every day in the UK, 350 people have a stroke or heart attack that could have been prevented.
- By knowing your blood pressure is high you can seek the necessary treatment or change your lifestyle to help reduce it, which even by a small amount, can lower your risk of subsequent health conditions.
- Looking after your blood pressure is a step towards ensuring a long and healthy life.
Taking your own blood pressure not only puts you in control of your own health but also frees up NHS resources.
Blood Pressure UK likens the importance of doing so to measuring your own weight and height, and says: “Home blood pressure monitoring is an effective and inexpensive way to keep blood pressure under control.”
Health and well-being specialist Beurer has developed a range of home blood pressure monitors, such as the Beurer BM 28, which can easily be used by anyone, without any previous experience or medical training.