Oxfordshire CCG is backing a campaign which is urging people to check their blood pressure regularly.
The charity Blood Pressure UK is running its annual ‘Know Your Numbers’ campaign this week from the 7-13 September, which encourages people to check their blood pressure regularly.
People with undiagnosed and uncontrolled high blood pressure are more at risk from serious health issues such as stroke and heart attack.
The campaign is asking people to use a simple, reliable blood pressure monitor to measure their blood pressure at home – and if necessary to get treatment and support to bring it under control.
The charity website provides advice on buying inexpensive BP monitors to use at home, where to get them, how to use them and what to do with the information they provide – see here
Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, a local GP and urgent care lead at Oxfordshire CCG, said: “Home monitoring offers a way for people to take control of their health, feel confident, and take the pressure off the NHS at the same time. It gives you a practical way to Know Your Numbers! without visiting your GP or pharmacist, and it really can save lives. Most people know their height and weight. Knowing their blood pressure and keeping an eye on changes is equally important.
“High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. Once you Know Your Numbers! you can get support to bring your blood pressure under control and prevent these diseases. “