This September, Blood Pressure UK is encouraging everyone around the country to get their blood pressure tested as part of their Know Your Numbers Campaign. This year, Know Your Numbers Week 2022 is taking place from the 5th to the 11th of September.

Simply put, Know Your Numbers Week is an awareness campaign to get as many people as possible involved in checking their blood pressure, as well as raising awareness around hypertension (high blood pressure), which often goes unnoticed without regular testing. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to serious health complications, such as heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of force that your heart uses to pump blood around the body. It’s represented using two numbers:

Systolic – the pressure when your heart is actually pumping the blood around the body.
Diastolic – the pressure when your heart is resting in between beats.

Your score will usually be communicated as your systolic score followed by (“over”) your diastolic score. For example, this might look like “120 over 80” or “120/80mmHg”. Here, mmHg means ‘millimetres of mercury’, which is the medical way of representing blood pressure.

Everybody has a blood pressure score, and there are pretty good guidelines on what constitutes an ideal score and non-ideal scores. The only way to find out your blood pressure score is to get it tested.

What is a Healthy Blood Pressure Score?

Your GP will be able to help you understand what your specific blood pressure scores mean for your health, but as a general rule, here are the blood pressure ranges according to the NHS:

Blood pressure scores explained, with information on high blood pressure and reducing blood pressure

Based on this, the ideal blood pressure scores fall between 90/60 and 140/90. Below this and your blood pressure is considered low. Above this and your blood pressure is considered high.

If your blood pressure is ideal, it’s good to keep testing to ensure you stay on track, as many factors can affect your blood pressure, including age. If your blood pressure is creeping towards high, though, and falls into the ‘High-Ideal’ category, it’s good to check in with your GP to see what lifestyle changes you can make to get back on track. During a workplace health check, New Leaf practitioners will often refer people with high or high-ideal blood pressure to their GP for further testing, as well as offering some lifestyle advice to help bring the numbers back in line.

How can my workplace get involved with Know Your Numbers Week 2022?

Good news, we’ve already got you covered on this one with some simple tips to get your workplace involved with Know Your Numbers Week 2022, which you can read here:

How to Organise a Know Your Numbers Campaign at Work in 2022

The best thing you can do, though, is to encourage your staff to get their blood pressure tested. There are a number of ways you can go about this, including:

  • Visit your GP.
  • Get tested as part of the over-45 NHS Health Check.
  • Visit a pharmacy or private clinic.
  • Buy an at-home monitor.
  • Book a workplace health check.

We’re absolutely biased here, but we firmly believe that a workplace health check is one of the best ways to go for blood pressure testing currently. Most medical practices in the UK are currently overwhelmed and many people are finding it difficult to book appointments, and at-home testing can be inaccurate if the monitor is of poor quality or used incorrectly.

During a Health Check Point Day from New Leaf Health, our practitioners will be on-site to oversee a full range of tests with our medically validated equipment, which is used within the NHS. Some of the other tests include:

  • Resting heart rate.
  • Body fat.
  • Visceral fat.
  • Body water.
  • Height.
  • BMI.
  • Metabolic rate.
  • Metabolic age.

Your staff are at work anyway, and the appointments only take 20-30 minutes out of their day. It gets everyone up on their feet, moving around and engaging in proactive health and wellbeing initiatives.

If you’d like to find out more about the Health Check Point or Blood Pressure Testing by New Leaf Health, please get in touch.