High blood pressure is a common condition, affecting more than 1 in 4 adults in the UK. However, it’s thought that around 7 million people in the UK are unaware that they have it. Often, the condition goes undiagnosed as it rarely has noticeable symptoms, but if left untreated it can increase your risk of developing serious problems.
What is blood pressure?
Your heart pumps blood around your body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Your blood pressure is the force your heart uses to pump blood around your body through the arteries. You need some pressure to keep your blood moving and this will naturally go up and down, which is fine. It’s when your blood pressure is high even when you’re resting that you need to do something about it.
Why should I know my blood pressure?
High blood pressure means that your body has to work harder to pump blood around your body. It’s serious and if left untreated can lead to heart and circulatory diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, as well as potentially causing kidney failure, heart failure, and problems with your sight.
A few simple lifestyle changes can make all the difference…
Supported by the British Heart Foundation and Lancashire County Council, we are offering free blood pressure checks to those aged 18+ living in Lancashire.
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