A new national survey from ‘Blood Pressure UK‘ has shown that two-thirds of the country are unaware of their blood pressure, increasing the risk of a heart attack.
This week is ‘Know your numbers week!’, and is raising awareness of the importance of having your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure is one of the most preventable illnesses to have, however it remains one of the largest killer sin the UK. This is because people do not know there is a problem until it is too late.
High blood pressure is commonly known as the silent killer, as there are no visible symptoms. This makes it even more important to get checked out and find out if you could be affected. There are a number of factors that could affect your blood pressure levels, including; eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.
Professor Graham MacGregor is the Chairman of Blood Pressure UK and he stressed the importance of knowing your numbers: “High blood pressure kills thousands of people every year in the UK and is almost entirely preventable. It’s imperative that everyone, including children, has their blood pressure taken at least once a year and more regularly if it’s a high reading in consultation with their GP.”
Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers Week! Campaign Manager says: “High blood pressure does not discriminate on age or gender people are dying unnecessarily because they fail to take such simple steps to reduce their blood pressure. Know Your Numbers! Week is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free and put you in control of your health.”
See below where you can get your blood pressure checked this week in Salford.
For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, visit www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN