Know your numbers

Here are some of the reasons why every adult in the UK needs to 'know their numbers':

  • 1 in 3 adults in the UK (16 million) has high blood pressure.
  • 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.
  • More than 5 million people don't know they have high blood pressure - that's why it's called the silent killer.
  • 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 normal blood pressure.
  • Each year, 125,000 adults in the UK have a heart attack or stroke in which high blood pressure is a key factor - that's a preventable stroke or heart attack every 4 minutes.
  • High risk groups include the over 55s, people of African Caribbean descent, and people of South Asian origin who are more prone to other vascular conditions.

Source: Blood Pressure Association 2016

 

Find out your numbers

Go to our “Pressure Testing Stations” at:

  • Morrisons, Eccles - Tuesday 6th September
  • Tesco, Walkden - Tuesday 13th September
  • Tesco, Pendleton - Tuesday 13th September
  • Tesco, Pendleton - Friday 16th September 
  • Swinton Big Day Out, Swinton Gateway - Saturday 17th September