Blood Pressure Ignorance – No Excuse

Know Your Numbers – UK Blood Pressure Survey Results

Following the success of the Blood Pressure Associations’ Know Your Numbers Blood Pressure Testing Week the results of the blood pressure survey carried out have been published – and they make grim reading.

The survey was completed by members of the public who took the opportunity to have their blood pressure checked during the awareness week.  Almost a quarter of a million people in the UK had their blood pressure tested at one of 1000’s of Testing Stations including Occupational Health departments in the work place, where staff were encouraged to leave their jobs for the short time it takes to measure blood pressure, community centres, supermarkets and many high street pharmacies. Various monitors used were required to be tested for accuracy and the survey is considered to be a realistic insight into the state of the health of the nation.

Results of the Blood Pressure Survey 2008

  • 72% of People in the UK Did Not Know Their Blood Pressure
  • This was the first blood pressure check in 12 months for 39%
  • A staggering 55% said they add salt to their cooking and/or food at the table

The testing week provides an excellent opportunity to gather data from a wide sample of members of the UK public and offers

The “Know Your Numbers” message clearly isn’t getting through – let’s hope that the good work of the BPA continues and the awareness week grows each yea.

The success of Know your Numbers! Week was recognised when the Blood Pressure Association was announced as a winner of The Charity Awards 2008 for its work on the campaign.

The awareness week will run again in 2009 and as 50% of those visiting Pressure Stations were just ‘passing by’ the more venues that join in the more successful blood pressure testing week will be and more people be able to tested during Know Your Numbers week.