Wolverhampton residents urged to know their numbers to combat high blood pressure and reduce their risk

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Around one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure and some don’t even know it. People who suffer with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke.

This ‘Know Your Numbers!’ week (9 – 15 September), Blood Pressure UK is offering free blood pressure measurements at local pressure stations. People can find their nearest station by typing in their post code online: https://bit.ly/1nxPbi6

NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to reduce their risk and by getting their blood pressure checked.

In England 31% of men and 26% of women have high blood pressure which costs the NHS over £2.1 billion each year and accounts for 12% of all GP appointments. High blood pressure rarely has any symptoms leaving approximately five million people undiagnosed, which is why it is called the ‘silent killer’. The only way for people to know they have the condition is to get their blood pressure measured.

In 2015, approximately 75,000 deaths in the UK were caused by high blood pressure. High blood pressure however is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions.

Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers!’ week is all about knowing blood pressure numbers to help people live a long and healthy life. The week helps raises awareness to high blood pressure and ways to help delay or even prevent the disease. This includes stopping smoking, monitoring eat and drink intake, regularly exercising and one of the simplest is by knowing blood pressure numbers.

It's recommended that all adults over 40 years of age have their blood pressure tested at least every five years so any potential problems can be detected early. People who have already been diagnosed with high or low blood pressure, or at a particularly high risk, may need to have more frequent tests to monitor their blood pressure.

A blood pressure reading only takes approximately five minutes and consists of a stethoscope, arm cuff, pump and dial, although automatic devices that use sensors and have a digital display are also commonly used.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair at NHS Wolverhampton CCG said “High blood pressure has no symptoms and that’s why we are urging people in the Warwickshire North area to go and get their blood pressure measured. Just five minutes out of their day can make such a difference in preventing more serious conditions such as strokes and heart disease”

For more information about Know Your Numbers! week and to find the nearest pressure station visit http://www.bloodpressureuk.org