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UNDER PRESSURE

Why does your blood pressure matter? Is it just one

more thing to measure, another number to define you

and your health, or can measuring it future-proof you

for improved health in later life. It seems both are true.

Despite being one of

the biggest single (and

preventable) causes of

death in the UK as it has no

obvious symptoms, only 8% of the

UK population consider heart disease

and stroke to be their biggest health

fear, nor show much concern about

reducing their risk. That's according

to a survey by the national charity

Blood Pressure UK. The survey was

commissioned and released to mark

Know Your Numbers week which

ran 6-12 September in order to

raise awareness about the problems

that can come if you have high

blood pressure.

The charity argues that measuring

your blood pressure - either at home

with a blood pressure monitor, at a

pharmacy or with a practice nurse -

is the most important first step any

adult can take to help reduce their

chances of having a stroke, heart

attack or heart failure. However,

37% of respondents in the survey

stated their blood pressure was not a

concern. As many as (39%) of people

did not understand why they should

know their blood pressure numbers

although two-thirds (64%) were

aware of the associated negative

health implications.

As a result, Blood Pressure UK is

urging all adults (of all ages) to check

their blood pressure as a matter of

routine as well as reduce their salt

intake. The more people are tested,

the more those with high blood

pressure will be identified and it can

be addressed through lifestyle and

diet changes and/or medication.

Controlling high blood pressure will

prevent premature deaths. Public

Health England's (2021) report which

revealed there were over 5,000 more

cardio-vascular disease (CVD) and

stroke deaths than expected last year,

much attributable to disruptions to

normal healthcare services.

From those polled two thirds

(62%) said that the pandemic had

not made them want to improve

their general health - with a quarter

(26%) saying they simply have 'other

priorities to focus on.' Maybe they

have a 'health information overload',

but what the survey revealed was

that cancer is ranked the most feared

disease (20%), followed by Covid-19

(17%), while 15% had concerns about

mental health. Then one-fifth of

the population polled said they had

absolutely no health fears.

This year, unfortunately, the usual

community 'Pressure Stations'

cannot happen, meaning those

who have high blood pressure

and don't know it could be left

undiscovered, hence home testing

was encouraged during Know

Your Numbers week.

Health and well-being

specialist, Beurer, has a range of

home blood pressure monitors,

such as the Beurer BM 28, which

can easily be used by anyone,

without any previous experience

or medical training.

A compact, upper arm blood

pressure monitor, the BM 28

has been purposely designed

for easy and convenient athome use. German engineered,

this certified medical device

delivers reliable accuracy and

is endorsed by the European

Society of Hypertension. It can

to measure blood pressure and

pulse rate, and even provides

arrhythmia detection to alert the

user to possible heart rhythm

irregularities. Beurer's blood

pressure monitors also boast a

patented 'resting' indicator. This

unique technology assesses the

user's state of rest to ensure they

are relaxed enough to achieve an

accurate measurement. Readings

are taken fully automatically

using a comfortable measurement cuff

and are displayed on a large backlit

LCD, along with the date and time for

future reference and a risk evaluation

against the internationally recognised

World Health Organization (WHO)

blood pressure chart.

The Beurer BM 28 blood pressure

monitor is £32.99 available from

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