Know Your Numbers in Lewisham
More than one on four adults in the UK have high blood pressure – but many are totally unaware they have the condition.
But if high blood pressure, or 'hypertension' goes unchecked and untreated, it can lead to the risk of if untreated, it increases your risk of serious health problems.
Dr Faruk Majid Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG, said: "High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, and that's why it's referred to as the 'silent killer'. But you can't just guess if you have high blood pressure – you have to have your blood pressure checked.
"And that's why we're supporting Know Your Numbers Week – a national initiative organised by Blood Pressure UK that encourages people to get their blood pressure tested. The week lasts from 9 to 15 September.
If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes. Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions, such as:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aaortic aneurysms
- Kidney disease
- Vascular dementia.
'Know Your Numbers Week' is the nation's largest annual blood pressure testing and awareness event. This takes place in the second week of September each year and provides free blood pressure checks for thousands of adults across the UK.
If you'd like to have a free blood pressure check, find out where your nearest pressure station is – and bring your friends and family too. Find out more here.
Dr Majid said: "If you have high blood pressure, your GP will be able to give advice and help you. Sometimes a few lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or getting active can make a significant difference."
For more information about high blood pressure, visit the NHS website.