A recent survey has revealed that a shocking 33% of people haven’t had their blood pressure checked in the last year as they don’t think it affects them and 25% don’t even consider high blood pressure as a health issue! As part of Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers Week’ campaign (14-20 September 2015), millions of people across the UK are being urged to get a quick, free, and painless blood pressure check at one the many Pressure Stations set up across the UK this week.
The Know Your Numbers! campaign is the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing event and this (it’s fourteenth) year’s aim is to highlight that in the time it takes to boil a kettle, you could have taken a blood pressure reading which might save your life. A shocking 16 million people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure, which is the biggest risk factor for stroke and heart attacks, yet 63% did not know their blood pressure numbers.
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman at Blood Pressure UK, said: “Over half of the estimated 16 million people in the UK living with high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition, as it is symptomless. The only way to ‘Know Your Numbers’ is to have a blood pressure test at one of our free Pressure Stations in your area, your GP, local pharmacy, or by using a home blood pressure monitor”.
High blood pressure is the UK’s biggest silent killer, responsible for 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease and dementia. Volunteers hosting the ‘Pressure Stations’ provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control.
Katharine Jenner, Chief Executive of Blood Pressure UK, added: “With so much happening in our lives it is often difficult to find the time to prioritise our health, but a quick free check of your blood pressure could be all it takes to prevent more serious issues developing later on in life.”
For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, click here.
To find your nearest pressure check station, click here.
About Blood Pressure UK
Blood Pressure UK is the UK’s leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation’s blood pressure. The charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the condition. For more information visit the charity’s website at www.bloodpressureuk.org. If you have a question about your blood pressure, call 020 7882 6255. Blood Pressure UK is the operating name of the Blood Pressure Association, charity reg. 1058944.