This week is Know Your Numbers! Week – taking place from 4 – 10 September.
It’s the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event. We encourage all adults, particularly Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, to regularly check their blood pressure.
The focus this year is on home monitoring as it’s the easiest way to find out your blood pressure numbers, especially given the current pressures on the healthcare system.
Daily life pressures can mean taking the time to get your blood pressure measured isn’t always a priority. However, getting a blood pressure check is the first step to preventing heart attacks and strokes.
High blood pressure is a major cause of these diseases but usually has no symptoms until it’s too late, which is why it’s called the ‘silent killer’.
People from Black African and Black Caribbean communities are unfortunately more likely to develop high blood pressure, which means its even more important for these groups of people to keep on top of regularly checking their blood pressure.
Knowing your numbers means you can start making healthy lifestyle changes, or start taking medicines, if you need them, to bring your blood pressure down to a healthy level. So, it’s essential to make the time to check your blood pressure to see if it’s under control.
Go for a check up or use our quick assessment tool to find out how your blood pressure is affecting you and what you can do about it: sharethepressure.com