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Blood Pressure Awareness Week - know your numbers

18 September 2017

Blood Pressure Awareness runs throughout this week and Spire Harpenden Hospital wants to ask, 'do you know your numbers?' 

Did you know that one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure? In this article we will be giving top tips on keeping your blood pressure down and how you can make sure that you have healthy numbers throughout the year, and not just for this week!

You knew we were going to say it – exercise! Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure. This is because exercising improves your heart muscle strength and the force on your arteries decreases. By doing around 150 minutes a week of physical activity - including housework - can help!

Cutting down on excess salt can help when trying to lower your blood pressure, this includes adding salt to your chips or if you cook with salt. That’s because salt stores extra water in your body, raising blood pressure.

Losing a few extra pounds (even though it is very tough) off your waistline can do you many favours and will help immensely. Being overweight can cause disruptive breathing which in turn increases your blood pressure.

There are many symptoms that you should keep an eye out for if you are worried about high blood pressure. Things such as dizziness, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, chest pains or struggling to breathe while lying down can all be signs of high blood pressure. The good news is there are many ways in which you can get yourself checked, just ask at your GP surgery.

Did you know, you can get your blood pressure checked here at Spire Harpenden Hospital. If you are concerned about your blood pressure or if you just want some advice, don’t hesitate to book and appointment with one of our nurses in outpatients who will be able to discus and advise you on what is best to do!  

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