Have you checked your blood pressure recently?
Every year in September, Blood Pressure UK runs a national campaign called Know Your Numbers Week. This year, Know Your Numbers Week will run from the 10th to the 16th of September. We’ve decided to campaign for the cause and encourage you to get your blood pressure tested.
Why is it important to have your blood pressure tested?
High blood pressure isn’t usually something you can feel or notice, but if you have it, you’re more likely to have a stroke or a heart attack. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured. One in five people have high blood pressure, but only half of them know about it.
What if I get my blood pressure tested and find out that I have high blood pressure?
Don’t worry! If you find out that you have high blood pressure, there are some simple things that you can do to stay healthy. Making adjustments to your diet and exercise habits, or taking medication can lower your blood pressure and greatly decrease your risk of experiencing heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure is easy to manage; you just need to know about it!
So where can I get tested?
You don’t have to go to your GP to get your blood pressure tested. Throughout September Islington council will be offering blood pressure checks in community settings, close to your home! For a full list of places where you can get checked, take a look at One You Islington.