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Know your Numbers
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (or hypertension) is known as the silent killer as it has no symptoms and can lead to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and dementia. It is preventable in the majority of cases, responding well to treatment including medications and lifestyle changes and it is therefore really important to get blood pressure checks regularly.
Why do I need my blood pressure checked?
High blood pressure is known as the silent killer as it has no symptoms which is why it’s important to be tested regularly.
- Loads of us have high BP and don’t know – this can increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. The problem is many of us have it and just don’t know, so it’s really important to be tested regularly and get the appropriate treatment – this can include medication or lifestyle changes.
- It’s also important to be tested regularly as lots of us know we have high blood pressure but either don’t take medication or don’t take it properly. Your GP can help you create a proper treatment plan.
- Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Take regular exercise, eat well, give up smoking and drink less alcohol – these all help to keep your blood pressure at the right numbers.
Want to find out more?
Visit the following website for further information on blood pressure:
- Blood pressure UK website - find your nearest blood pressure station
- NHS UK
- British Heart Foundation
Stay healthy this winter
Winter weather can increase the risk of serious illness and injuries. Some people (such as the elderly, the very young, and those with medical conditions) are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather.
There are things that you can do to protect yourself and keep well in the winter months:
- Get your flu vaccination. For some people this is free from their own GP. This will not only protect you but can protect others as well. Find out of you are eligible for a free flu vaccination at: www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine
- Be prepared. Keep your medicine cabinet and food cupboards stocked to avoid trips out to the shops in bad weather.
- Keep warm and hydrated. Keeping warm at home and when out will help you to feel well over the winter.
- Wearing layers will help as you can adjust your temperature accordingly.
- Close your curtains as soon as it starts to get dark will help keep the warmth in.
- Drink plenty of fluid (water, tea and coffee as well as water based soups all count).
- Eat warming foods such as stews and casseroles.
- Move frequently.
- Choose well. Make sure that if you need medical advice you know where to go. Your pharmacist can help with common illnesses such as coughs and colds. Only choose A&E if it is an emergency.
- Look out for each other. If you can keep in touch with neighbours, friends and family and other vulnerable people that you know.