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About us

We are the only UK charity dedicated to lowering high blood pressure.


Our aim is to lower the nation’s blood pressure to prevent death and disability from stroke and heart disease.


Our philosophy

No one should have to lose a loved one to heart disease, live with dementia or suffer the effects of a stroke caused by high blood pressure. We’re here to put an end to unnecessary death and disability.


Our vision

Our vision is for everyone to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way that they know their height or weight, and take steps to keep them healthy, now and in the future.


Our impact

Since October 2000 we have been making a real difference to the 16 million people with high blood pressure. We work to put high blood pressure at the top of the health agenda - in the Government, among health professionals, in the media and for every adult in the UK.


Why we're needed

High blood pressure is responsible for more than half of all strokes and heart attacks in the UK. It’s the third biggest cause of disease, leading to kidney disease, vascular dementia and mobility problems, and costs the NHS £2.1 billion every year.

Around one in three UK adults have high blood pressure, but around one in three of these don’t know it. Because it often has no symptoms, many people don’t know they have it until they have a heart attack or stroke. 


Our message

It’s possible to prevent high blood pressure or bring it under control with a healthy lifestyle and medications if you need them, dramatically lowering the risk of life-changing illness. 

Who we are

We are a small, dedicated multidisciplinary team including a specialist hypertension nurse, a public health expert, a health writer and a marketing expert. 

What we do

We raise awareness of high blood pressure to find the millions of people in the UK who don’t know they have it, and we provide information and support to bring it under control.

Contact us

If you have any questions, suggestions, compliments or complaints, we’d love to hear from you. We’re here to help, so your queries and opinions matters to us. 

Know Your Numbers!

Our award-winning flagship campaign. The highlight is Know Your Numbers! Week, the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.

Leave your feedback

If there is any way we can improve this site to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, or if you have any feedback on our work as a charity, we’d love to hear from you.


Find answers to the most common questions about living with high blood pressure.


When you have your blood pressure measured, you will be given two numbers, systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom). Once you know your numbers, you can use our blood pressure chart to see what they mean and if your blood pressure is in the healthy range. 

Blood pressure chart

This year's campaign will take place from 2-8 September. It's all home blood pressure monitoring, which gives you one less thing to worry about. Don't miss your chance to take part in the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event. You have the power.

Register to take part today

Blood Pressure UK membership can help to keep your blood pressure under control

Membership means you get a helping hand in looking after your blood pressure while supporting others. Over 90% of our members say that being a member of Blood Pressure UK helps them to manage and lower their blood pressure. Find out what you get as a member and how to join.

Become a member

Since discovering that I, like nearly a third of the adult population of this country have high blood pressure, I have taken some simple steps to get it controlled. Every adult should know their blood pressure numbers, and if it is raised take the right measures to lower it.

Sir David Attenborough, Patron of Blood Pressure UK
Man taking his own blood pressure reading
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