Know your numbers week - 7 - 13 September 2020

It's Know Your Numbers Week - 7 - 13 September 2020 - which encourages people to get their blood pressure tested. Many people have high blood pressure without knowing it which can cause other health problems.
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Know Your Numbers! is the award-winning flagship campaign from Blood Pressure UK

1.5 million
1.5 million people so far have had a free blood pressure check during the annual Know Your Numbers! Week, the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.

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An ideal blood pressure is under 120/80mmHg. Do you Know Your Numbers? Find your nearest blood pressure check.

6 million
6 million people in the UK have high blood pressure and don’t know it. Could you get involved and help to find them?

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Every day in the UK, 350 people have a stroke or heart attack that could have been prevented. See why Know Your Numbers! is needed.

The campaign encourages every adult in the UK to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way they know their height and weight.

When you Know Your Numbers! you can take steps to look after your blood pressure and lead a long and healthy life. 

Checking your blood pressure at home

Due to social distancing measures there won't be free pressure checks in community Pressure Stations this year, but the aim is still to encourage the whole of the UK to Know Their Numbers! 

This year, the campaign aim is to find those people with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high blood pressure by:

  • encouraging 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 online measuring your blood at home resources hub to download a range of home blood pressure monitoring resources for this Know Your Numbers! Week and beyond. 

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