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Should YOU be Living Well for Longer?

Blood Pressure UK Urges the ‘Missing Millions’ to Get Tested as Part of a Nationwide Campaign


To mark the start of Know Your Numbers! Week (9-15 September 2019), charity Blood Pressure UK is calling for the ‘missing millions’ i.e. the nearly 6 million people living in the UK who have undiagnosed high blood pressure to get tested as part of a nationwide campaign to prevent 230,000 related cardiovascular diseases and save £120m to the NHS and social care system over the next 20 years.


Know Your Numbers! Week is the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country. The campaign encourages people to have their blood pressure measured so they can take the steps needed to maintain a healthy blood pressure and to keep them feeling well.


If every person currently undiagnosed with high blood pressure had a painless, five-minute free blood pressure test, this simple act could add an extra healthy month to their life, that is, avoiding the devastating effects of a severe stroke i.e. paralysis on one side often with the loss of speech, or a heart attack or dementia, as they are more likely to take action to lower it. The more people that then have their high blood pressure managed, the more premature deaths can be prevented.


With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 44 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure. Known as the silent killer as there are no symptoms, high blood pressure is THE biggest single cause of death in the UK, but you won’t know if you have it unless you have a check, which is WHY it’s important that people have their blood pressure checked – it could save your life.

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