12 September 2016

Know Your Numbers is Blood Pressure UK’s awareness campaign to encourage adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers.

Blood pressure is one of the checks carried out as part of a free NHS health check so is a simple way for people to find out their numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

What is an NHS Health Check?

An NHS health check is like a midlife MOT. Even if people are feeling well now, it’s a chance to check that some of their body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allows them to be better prepared for the future and to be able to take steps to maintain or improve their health.

Health checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, who don’t already have an existing vascular condition that is already being taken care of by their GP.

They only take around 20 to 30 minutes and during this time cholesterol and BMI will also be checked as well as blood pressure. People will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.

After the health check they will be taken through the results and given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Councillor Sylvia Hughes, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “This year’s Know Your Numbers campaign focusses on the theme of risk, because high blood pressure puts you at risk of stroke and heart disease.

“High blood pressure has no symptoms – that’s why it’s called the silent killer, so the only way to know your numbers is to have a blood pressure check.

“One easy way to do this is to make sure you don’t miss out on a free NHS health check if you are entitled to one.

“Even if you’re feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to help lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future. It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing now and in the future.”

Check if you are eligible for a free health check or contact your GP surgery for more information.