Do you know your phonenumber? Your pin number? Your alarm code? Your height? Your weight? There are a lot of numbers that we hold in our head, but there are some that matter more than others.
The 13th to the 19th September is Know your Numbers week, the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event, run by the Blood Pressure Association.
The week encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. The event provides free checks for around 250,000 adults across the UK. Since its launch in 2001, Know your Numbers! Week has ensured more than 1.5million people have had their blood pressure checked so that they know their blood pressure numbers in the same way as their height and weight.
Know your Numbers! Week involves hundreds of nationwide organisations signing up to provide free blood pressure tests and information at venues known as Pressure Stations. Pressure Stations are located throughout the community including pharmacies, workplaces, GP surgeries, hospitals, health clubs, leisure centres, shopping centres and supermarkets.
Ok so you can find out your blood pressure numbers, but why does this matter?
At AllClear we know the importance of high blood pressure, it is one of the most common conditions that we cover when people are travelling – 1 in 3 adults in the UK (16 million) suffer from it.
High blood pressure is the biggest known cause of premature death and disability in the UK due to the strokes, heart attacks and heart disease it causes. It is also a risk factor for kidney disease and dementia. People with high blood pressure are 3 times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke and twice as likely to die from these as people with a normal blood pressure.
So while it is important then to know your numbers like your pin code or an important phonenumber, even more so you need to know your blood pressure, and make the required lifestyle changes – and that is why we think this is a great campaign.