It’s time to check your blood pressure during Know Your Numbers! Week

The pressing question being asked by Blood Pressure UK is if you know your partner’s blood pressure. They are also offering free checks for blood pressure right across the UK during their annual campaign that is known as Know Your Numbers! Week. This is the yearly event where everyone can get their blood pressure checked for free, and will be running from the 10th-16th September.

It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 UK adults have high blood pressure, and even more shocking is the fact that a third have no idea as the condition carries no symptoms. It is the biggest silent killer in the UK, and is responsible for 60% of the strokes suffered and 40% of the heart attacks, and also raises the risk of developing dementia and kidney disease.

High blood pressure can devastate, yet new research from Blood Pressure UK has revealed that nearly 7 out of 10 people do not know their own blood pressure numbers[1].

High blood pressure nearly always has no symptoms, but if left untreated its effects can be shattering, both to the patient and also to their family. If it is detected though, it can be successfully managed.

Blood Pressure UK is therefore urging all adults to know their blood pressure numbers. A quick, painless test really can mean the difference between life and death or serious disability.

Everyone can find their nearest 2012 Pressure Station and take advantage of their free check by visiting:

www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck

Paul Newman, Chief Executive of Blood Pressure UK, says,

“High blood pressure is a dangerous condition when not managed and we hope everyone will take advantage of the free blood pressure checks on offer to lower their risk of stroke and heart attack.”

If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to someone over the phone, call Blood Pressure UK’s Information Line on 0845 241 0989.

[1] From a survey of 19,281 people taken during Know your Numbers! Week 2011, 68% of those tested were not aware of what their blood pressure numbers were before testing.