Know your numbers – tackling high blood pressure

Picture of a clinician administering a blood pressure test
Person sat down using blood pressure equipment

Around 3 in 10 adults in Somerset have high blood pressure but 1 in 10 do not know it, as there are often no symptoms. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, – but early detection and treatment can help people live longer, healthier lives.

It’s important for adults of all ages to check their blood pressure.  In Somerset, we estimate there are around 40,000 people with hypertension who do not know they have it, so our campaign gives you the chance to get the treatment and support you may need to lower your blood pressure and lead a long and healthy life.

In Somerset, blood pressure monitoring kits can be loaned from libraries across the county. The kits can be loaned for a fortnight allowing people to check their blood pressure, in their own home.

Anyone who discovers they have high blood pressure can take their results to their GP or other appropriate health professional, who can advise on the best treatment and support.

It’s important to remember the dangers of high blood pressure can be easily resolved, with the right medications and lifestyle changes.