What’s Your Number?

blood pressure bannerWe set out to encourage people aged between 40 and 60 to visit their GP practice for a blood pressure test. The message was simple : ‘Know your number, know your risk. If you know the dangers, you can make simple changes that could save your life’.

High blood pressure is one of Blackpool’s biggest silent killers. But it is preventable.

It rarely has any symptoms, so the only way for you to know your number is to visit your GP practice and have your blood pressure measured regularly.

We do not know exactly what causes high blood pressure, but for most people it is usually a combination of lifestyle factors. You are at higher risk if you:

  • Don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • Eat too much salt
  • Are not active enough
  • Are overweight
  • Drink too much alcohol

If you’re aged between 40 -60, contact your GP practice and get your blood pressure checked. If you know your number, you know your risk. And, if you know the dangers, you can make simple changes that can prevent you suffering heart disease or stroke.

It has been a great success with awareness events staged across Blackpool, including sessions in the changing rooms at Bloomfield Road, on a double-decker bus and in bingo halls.One very special tram even displays the message on the prom every day.

As a result of the campaign, an additional 15,000 people had a blood pressure test. Of these, 2,769 were placed on the hypertension register as a result and are now receiving treatment. To put this into perspective, by treating these people appropriately, we will potentially prevent 70 cardiovascular events – such as a heart attack or stroke – per year.

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Getting your blood pressure checked takes five minutes. Five minutes that could save your life.

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