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Know your blood pressure numbers

9th September 2014 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Patients across Leicester city are being urged to know what blood pressure numbers are healthy for them, as part of national awareness week.

Organised by Blood Pressure UK, Know Your Numbers Week is designed to educate people about the health complications associated with high blood pressure and encourages them to get their blood pressure tested and know how to monitor their blood pressure themselves – in short, to get to know their numbers!

GPs from Leicester City CCG are supporting the awareness week which runs from Monday September 15 to Sunday September 21, 2014 by giving people the following advice to avoid serious health complications linked with high blood pressure, such as a heart attack and stroke.

Dr Nitin Joshi, GP at Willowbrook Medical Centre and GP Board member of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “High blood pressure may be without symptoms, which means many people could be living with high blood pressure and not know it. High blood pressure can lead to further serious complications such as heart attack, stroke and is one of the main complications associated with heart and kidney disease.

“People need to be aware that the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get your blood pressure measured. You can have this done at you GP or local pharmacy. If you get your numbers measured at your local pharmacy and you have high blood pressure, the pharmacist will advise you to make an appointment to see your own GP.”

Heart disease caused by long standing high blood pressure, accounts for 33 per cent of all deaths in Leicester and 28 per cent of all deaths under 75 years of age.

Dr Joshi added: “Smoking, alcohol and a fatty diet are the major causes of high blood pressure. The majority of people with high blood pressure, once diagnosed can make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their health. This might mean they need to eat less fatty and sugary foods and get more active. Some people may need medication to help them manage their condition if it is a little more serious. Your GP will advise you on the best solution for you.”

NHS guidance advises, adults should get their blood pressure tested at least once every five years. Know your numbers week provides the perfect opportunity to find the time to get tested.

If you or someone you know has concerns about their blood pressure, speak to your GP and visit www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/aboutus/ourpriorities for more information.

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