NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, along with Cornwall Council’s public health team, are on a mission to get more people identified and treated for high blood pressure.
Consider these facts
- High blood pressure (also called Hypertension) rarely has symptoms that you can notice
- The only way to find out is to be tested
- 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure
- It affects people of all ages and backgrounds
- Left untreated it can lead to a heart attack or stroke
The good news is that high blood pressure can be prevented and treated. So it is very important to ‘Know Your Numbers!’.
How to get your blood pressure checked
At your local pharmacy
You can use the NHS Find a pharmacy online tool to find your nearest one and see if it offers this service.
At your local GP Surgery
Some GP surgeries have a blood pressure machine in their waiting room.
At home or within the community
- Test yourself at home; it is easy and fairly cheap to buy a home blood pressure monitor
- Keep an eye out for our pop-up events in the community over the next few months
About the numbers
Remember it only takes a few minutes to get your blood pressure checked, and it could save your life. Once you have your reading, you can use the NHS check your blood pressure tool to understand what the numbers mean and what to do next.
A high blood pressure does not always have to be managed with medicines. There are lots of simple things you can do to start lowering your blood pressure today. Getting active, keeping to a healthy weight and stopping smoking are some of the best things you can do for your blood pressure.
Healthy Cornwall can help with this. It aims to support people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to make healthier choices. The service supports people with weight management, healthy eating, physical activity and stopping smoking. No matter your age or ability, Healthy Cornwall can help you to lead a happier, healthier lifestyle.
You can also find lots of resources and information to help you lower your blood pressure on the Blood Pressure UK website.
Cornish Pirates support Know Your Numbers!
Read how local rugby legends the Cornish Pirates are supporting the Know Your Numbers! campaign.