Are your pipes in good working order?

That’s the question being asked by Blood Pressure UK as the annual Know Your Numbers campaign comes to an end.

Know Your Numbers takes place every September, asking people across the country to find out their blood pressure reading and if it is outside of the normal range, to seek help.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year home testing is the focus which is an easy alternative to community-based measuring or visiting your usual GP practice.

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

High blood pressure can lead to a number of health problems

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Diabetes

And when added to other existing conditions such as high cholesterol or being overweight can cause more serious problems in the future. However, once you Know Your Numbers you can get help and minimise your risk.

Dr Forbes Watson is a local GP and Chair of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

He said “With so many people affected by high blood pressure and not knowing, it is important to test regularly and get help if you need it.

“Home monitoring is convenient and can save time, both for individuals and clinicians, it also enables you to take regular tests in a familiar environment.

“Monitors are inexpensive and are readily available online, on the high street or through pharmacies. Alternatively, if you are invited for a free NHS health check make sure you attend.

“Keep a record of your blood pressure, and if your numbers are high, you should inform your GP right away.”

Find out more at bloodpressureuk.org.

More information about home monitoring.

Blood pressure checks are also available via local pharmacies – more information.