by Prime Health Partners on Female Health Checks
Know Your Numbers Week
This years “Know Your Numbers” Campaign is taking place from 5th – 11th September with the aim to raise awareness of the risks associated with high blood pressure and encourage adults to get their blood pressure checked!
Knowing your blood pressure numbers allows you to get a better insight into your overall health and make any changes necessary to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What Is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the measure of the force/pressure of your blood pushing on the walls of your arteries as the heart pumps blood around your body.
It is normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day. If your blood pressure is measured consistently higher than normal you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers;
- Systolic blood pressure is the measure of the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
- Diastolic blood pressure is the measure of the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
A normal blood pressure level is around 120 systolic and 80 diastolic – or “120 over 80” – and is written as 120/80mmHg.
If You Have High Blood Pressure
If you have your blood pressure measured and you are considered to have high blood pressure (hypertension) you have an increased risk of other health problems – such as, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
For most people high blood pressure has no symptoms, the only way to determine if you have it is by measuring you blood pressure.
It is important to remember that in many cases you can manage your blood pressure with simple lifestyle changes.
What Causes Hypertension?
High blood pressure can have several underlying causes, here are some of the main risk factors: –
- Age — blood pressure tends to rise with age.
- Gender — up to about 65 years, women tend to have a lower blood pressure than men and thereafter women tend to have a higher blood pressure.
- Ethnicity — people of black African and black Caribbean origin are more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension.
- Genetic factors —A positive family history increases the risk of developing hypertension.
- Diabetes or kidney disease.
- Lifestyle — smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excess dietary salt, unhealthy diet, obesity and being overweight, and lack of physical activity.
- Anxiety and emotional stress — can raise blood pressure due to increased adrenaline and cortisol levels.
How To Manage Your Blood Pressure
In order to prevent hypertension or lower your blood pressure you will need to take a look at your overall health and lifestyle to determine what needs changing.
- Medical & Family History
- Lifestyle & Increased Health Risks
- Physical Examination
- Your Numbers – Blood pressure, height, weight, Body Mass Index, body fat percentage, hip to waist ratio
- Urine Check
- Blood Tests
- Further gender specific screenings – such as breast cancer, testicular cancer and menopause.
Then, using the results of your health screening they are able to recommend any lifestyle changes that need addressing, such as, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, increasing exercise and dietary advice.
As well as highlight any underlying medical conditions that may be affecting your health and that may need treatment to minimise future health risks
Regular health checks are key to discovering hidden health problems. By giving you a picture of your current health status, they allow you to make better informed decisions to take control and optimise your future health.
Do You Need You Blood Pressure Checked?
If you would like to get a better understanding of your overall health and check your blood pressure, we offer a range of Health Screenings at Prime Health Partners.
Choose from a simple Introductory Health Check or a Comprehensive Health Assessment.
Our expert GPs can give you a clear picture of your health and advise and support you with any changes you need to make for your future health.