To support last week’s ‘Know Your Numbers Week’, staff at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been leading by example and having their blood pressure checked.
Know your Numbers, an awareness campaign run by Blood Pressure UK, encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Dr John Randall, a GP based in Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, and the clinical lead for long term conditions at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG’s Governing Body, took the opportunity whilst in the CCG offices to check a number of staff’s blood pressure.
Out of the 12 staff who had their blood pressure measured, all fell within the normal range although one member was given some lifestyle advice due to being at the top end of the range.
Dr Randall said: “Unfortunately, high blood pressure has no symptoms and the only way to find out if you have it is to have it measured.
“Blood pressure can be affected by a range of different things such as age, an unhealthy lifestyle including eating too much salt and drinking too much alcohol, being overweight and a family history. Making healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure and help lower your blood pressure if it’s already high.
“Consistently high blood pressure is one of the largest causes of premature death due to the potentially fatal strokes, heart attacks, heart failure or even kidney failure it causes.”
Ken John, a member of staff who took the opportunity to have his blood pressure measured, said: “I am generally quite healthy and therefore don’t always have the opportunity to have my blood pressure measured so the fact that Dr Randall visited the office was ideal.
“Fortunately, it fell within the healthy range but Dr Randall was excellent in advising why it is important to know what my blood pressure is and just generally how to stay healthy.”
For people wishing to have good health, an ideal blood pressure is below 135 over 85 (135/85). At this level, there is a much lower risk of heart disease or stroke.
For more information about blood pressure, visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.ukor BloodPressure UK atwww.bloodpressureuk.org/