Right now, 6 million people in the UK are thought to have high blood pressure and don’t know it.*
Know Your Numbers week is an annual event in September to remind people about the importance of checking their blood pressure.
Why do you need to check your blood pressure? High blood pressure is symptomless. If it goes unchecked it could result in potentially life-threatening illnesses, such as a stroke or heart attack, so it’s critical to know what your blood pressure is.
What causes high blood pressure?
The causes of high blood pressure aren’t always known.
There are certain things that can increase your risk of getting it, such as being overweight, smoking, your age, lack of exercise, etc.
It can also be a symptom of another health condition like diabetes or can be a side effect of certain medications. The NHS website has further information on the causes of high blood pressure if you would like to know more.
How can I find out what my blood pressure is?
If you’re concerned about your blood pressure or need to monitor it more closely, then you may want to consider getting a blood pressure monitor to use at home. Home blood pressure monitors come in a variety of different styles so you can find one that works for you.
Our Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor is a great budget-friendly option that has the capacity to record and monitor trends in your blood pressure.