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The facts about blood pressure
Q. How can I find out if my blood pressure is okay? Won't I feel different if I have high blood pressure?
A. Unfortunately, most people don't feel any different when they have high blood pressure. Although many people think that high blood pressure will give you headaches or dizziness, the truth is that very few people with high blood pressure ever experience these problems. The only way to know is to have your blood pressure checked regularly.
The best to way to look at having a regular blood pressure check is to think of it as part of an MOT for your body. Your blood pressure numbers should be something you know in the same way that you know how much you weigh or how tall you are.
You can get your blood pressure measured at your GP surgery or, increasingly, at your local pharmacy or gym. Every adult should get their pressure checked at least every five years but more often than that is better. If you have had a high reading before, or have a blood pressure that is between 135/85 and 140/90 you should get yourself checked at least every year.
Knowing your blood pressure levels, or as the Blood Pressure Association says "Knowing your Numbers" is a key way to having long and healthy life.
Please spread the "Know your numbers" message to your friends, family and loved ones. It will help them to understand the importance of knowing their blood pressure levels and getting proper treatment to lower it if they need to.