NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging residents to look after their heart and check their blood pressure as part of ‘Know Your Numbers’ week (6 – 12 September). The yearly campaign launched by charity Blood Pressure UK aims to raise awareness of the importance of controlling high blood pressure.
High blood pressure (hypertension) affects more than one in four adults in England and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It often has no symptoms, but when found, is one of the most preventable causes of early death.
Dr Khalid Naeem, GP and Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “It’s recommended that all adults aged over 40 have their blood pressure tested at least every 5 years. That way, any potential problems can be detected early, and the right treatment or advice can be provided.
People can also help themselves by taking action to reduce the risk factors that can lead to heart attacks and strokes – such as being overweight, smoking, drinking and having an unhealthy diet. It’s never too late to start looking after your heart and make the kinds of lifestyle changes needed to stay healthy.”
Alongside GPs, some pharmacies offer blood pressure checks. You can also check your own numbers regularly by using a simple blood pressure monitor at home.
Kirklees CCG is part of the West Yorkshire Healthy Hearts programme which aims to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and the number of heart attacks and strokes across our area.
As well as encouraging people to ‘know your numbers’ the Healthy Hearts programme works with local GPs, pharmacies and third sector organisations to help identify patients with undiagnosed high blood pressure and improve their treatment.
You can find out about what your numbers mean here: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/what-is-blood-pressure/
You’ll find more about how to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, choosing and using a home blood pressure monitoring device, and the Healthy Heart programme of work on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts website.