‘Know Your Numbers’ Week- Blood Pressure UK
Know Your Numbers week is a campaign run by Blood Pressure UK. Here at Acorn, we feel it’s a brilliantly effective campaign to enable employers and employees throughout the UK to understand and appreciate the importance of being aware of their blood pressure. You’re encouraged to get a blood pressure check and to familiarise yourself with the good, the bad, and the steps you can take to improve any blood pressure issues for long-term health.
Did you know that over six million people in the UK have high blood pressure and don’t even know it? When your heart beats, it pumps blood around your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. This is called high blood pressure, or hypertension. Over time it can lead to a number of health problems including heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia.