Know your numbers!

NHS and Industry News

When we say ‘know your numbers’ we don’t mean your age, height or weight. On this occasion we mean your blood pressure numbers.

Do you know your systolic and diastolic figures?

Between the 12-18th of September Blood Pressure UK aims to educate the nation; encouraging each of us to check our numbers and to take the necessary action to take continued care of our overall health.

Many of us could be at risk of life threatening problems, like strokes; caused by damage to our arteries and blood vessels, due to high blood pressure. 16 million people across the United Kingdom have already been diagnosed as suffering with high blood pressure.

Although moderate low blood pressure isn’t a cause for concern, in extreme cases it can still cause you to suffer from dizziness, sickness, weakness and fainting.

Issues are caused when pressure is either too low or too high; your blood pressure should be around 120 systolic (or blood pressure when a heart beats) over 80 diastolic (or blood pressure between heart beats).

Causes of changes to blood pressure

Diet and being in stressful situations are just two examples of situations which can cause a change in blood pressure.  Stressful situations are just one way in which the body can produce a surge in hormones which can increase blood pressure, resulting in the internal width of blood vessels narrowing, limiting the supply of blood to parts of the body.

Testing and treatment

As 62,000 deaths occur from stroke or heart related problems each year due of poor blood pressure control, GPs, pharmacies, NHS health check clinics and even some workplaces have been fitted with pressure monitors. There are also 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring tests which allow users to test their blood pressure at any stage of the day.

Whatever the case, your GP will always be happy to advise you on the best ways to look after your blood pressure health.