Being aware of your blood pressure has never been more important than now.
Having high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack or heart disease, but taking simple steps to know, and lower, your blood pressure can lower the risk.
‘Know Your Numbers’ week, led by Blood Pressure UK, takes place from 7th-13th of September and this year people in St Helens are being encouraged to take control of their own blood pressure.
You can do this by checking your blood pressure at home if you have your own blood pressure monitor.
If you are known to have high BP already but don’t have your own BP monitor, ask your general practice nursing team about how to get checked (at least annually).
There are many simple ways that you can look after yourself and make lifestyle changes which could help you to keep your blood pressure under control.
St Helens residents are being encouraged to visit the Happy Hearts website which provides resources and advice on looking after your blood pressure and leading a healthy lifestyle. You can also find useful information about looking after your blood pressure during COVID-19.
You can find out more about taking control of your blood pressure at www.happy-hearts.co.uk.