High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions in this country - more than one in four adults in the UK have the condition.
How can I check my blood pressure?
Due to social distancing measures, it is difficult for partners to offer free pressure checks in our communities again this year however Knowing Your Numbers is just as important and we want to encourage people to use home blood pressure monitoring.
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, effective and inexpensive way to Know Your Numbers! without visiting your GP or pharmacist, and it really can save lives. You can find out more information and advice about home monitoring by visiting the Blood Pressure UK website.
If you're aged 40-74 years old you may be eligible for a FREE NHS health check which includes a blood pressure check. Part of this check involves assessing your individual CVD risk and advising you how to reduce it. You should receive a letter from your GP surgery or local council inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years. You can also call your GP surgery to book a Health Check.
Why should I know my blood pressure?
If your blood pressure is too high, it can do massive damage. It narrows the blood vessels and can cause strokes and heart attacks, angina, heart failure, kidney failure and narrowed leg arteries.
Taking just five minutes to measure your blood pressure could save your life! Your practice nurse or pharmacist can measure your blood pressure, or you can take it yourself at home using a blood pressure monitor.
Click here for a short video by Blood Pressure UK (opens in new window) on why you should Know Your Numbers!
How do I know if my blood pressure is too high?
If your blood pressure readings from any setting are consistently above 140/90mmHg you may have high blood pressure. You should get a review at your GP surgery to check.
Sustained high blood pressure can damage the heart and increase the risk of stroke.
A few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference...
- eat more fruit and vegetables
- eat less salt
- only drink alcohol in moderation
- lose weight if you need to
- be active
- stop smoking.
Frequently asked questions:
Here are some questions you may have about your blood pressure. Click on the questions to see our advice and guidance.