Know Your Numbers Week (September 2020)

Southall Medical Centre regularly engages with awareness days and campaigns throughout the year to encourage good health promotion among our patients.

The campaign we are celebrating in the month of September is:

 

Know Your Numbers (September 2020)

Know Your Numbers! raises awareness of high blood pressure, encouraging all UK adults to get a blood pressure check.

It is a campaign run annually by Blood Pressure UK.

 

Why should everyone know their blood pressure reading?

  • 1 in 2 strokes and heart attacks are the result of high blood pressure.
  • 1 in 3 adults in the UK have high blood pressure.
  • 1 in 2 adults with high blood pressure don’t know they have it or aren’t receiving treatment.
  • 6 million people in the UK alone have high blood pressure and don’t know it.
  • £2.1 billion – that’s how much high blood pressure costs the NHS every year.

Because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms, the first sign of it could be a heart attack or stroke. It can cause kidney disease, dementia and other illnesses too. But these tragedies can be prevented with medications and lifestyle changes.

The Know Your Numbers! campaign reaches those who have high blood pressure and don’t know it. It gives them the chance to get the treatment and support they need to lower their blood pressure and lead a long and healthy life.

 

Coronavirus COVID-19 and blood pressure monitoring

This year, we want everyone to Know Their Numbers! and find those with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high blood pressure. We will:

  • encourage the nation to use a simple and reliable blood pressure monitor to measure their blood pressure at home
  • and take the necessary steps if their reading is considered high
  • raise awareness about the risks of high blood pressure

Home monitoring offers a way for you to take control of your health, feel confident, and take the pressure off the NHS at the same time. It gives you a practical way to Know Your Numbers! without visiting your GP or pharmacist, and it really can save lives.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. Once you Know Your Numbers! you can get support to bring your blood pressure under control and prevent these diseases.

Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most don’t know it. It doesn’t have any symptoms so, the only way to find out is to have a blood pressure check.

Visit the Blood Pressure UK online measuring your blood at home resources hub to download our range of home blood pressure monitoring resources for this Know Your Numbers! Week and beyond.

 

 

References

Information taken from: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/know-your-numbers/

on 09/09/2020 at 12:32 (Blood Pressure UK website)