It’s known as the ‘silent killer’ because although it typically has no symptoms, high blood pressure can cause potentially fatal damage to your heart and arteries.
But the condition which affects one in three UK adults doesn’t have to be a killer, as it can be reduced and controlled through lifestyle measures and medication.
Mind you, that’s easier said than done.
At least a third of the 16 million Britons with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) don’t know they have it. This week is Know Your Numbers Week, when all adults are encouraged to be more aware of their blood pressure and what they need to do to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Prevention is always better
There’s no better treatment for raised blood pressure than prevention. The sooner you can find out what your blood pressure is, and can take steps to reduce it, the better. Knowing your numbers could save your life.”