Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer
The team at the Grays Surgery annually promote World Hypertension Day (WHD).
The main aim of the day is to educate people and increase awareness of hypertension, which is also commonly known as high blood pressure.
Hypertension is a major cause of a range of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease, and can also contribute to dementia. Many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke.
This year’s theme is Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer, focusing on combatting low awareness rates and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.
Home blood pressure monitoring is an effective and inexpensive way to keep blood pressure under control and the evidence behind it continues to get stronger. It gives you a way to take control of your health by putting you in the driver’s seat, and it really can save lives.
This year, we want everyone to ‘Know Their Numbers’ and find those with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high blood pressure.
- encourage patients 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.
- provide support to bring your blood pressure under control and prevent 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.