Home Health It’s time to ‘Know Your Numbers’

It’s time to ‘Know Your Numbers’

by Cathy Sheel

Take control of your blood pressure during ‘Know Your Numbers’ week – 7 to 13 September.

Being aware of your blood pressure and its impact on your health has never been more important than now. Having high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack or heart disease, but taking simple steps to know, and lower, your blood pressure can lower the risk.

Led by Blood Pressure UK, ‘Know Your Numbers’ week is an annual campaign encouraging people to take control of their own blood pressure. You can do this by checking your blood pressure at home if you have your own blood pressure monitor.

If you are known to have high blood pressure already but don’t have your own BP monitor, ask your general practice nursing team about how to get checked (at least annually). There are many simple ways that you can look after yourself and make lifestyle changes which could help you to keep your blood pressure under control.

You can find out more by visiting the Happy Hearts website which provides resources and advice on looking after your blood pressure and leading a healthy lifestyle, as well as useful information about looking after your blood pressure during COVID-19.

Visit the Blood Pressure UK website for information about how to measure your blood pressure at home.