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Can we not put the Shoe on our Other Foot When it Comes to our Health?

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Can we not put the Shoe on our Other Foot When it Comes to our Health? PR Newswire LONDON, September 10, 2012 LONDON, September 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NEW RESEARCH REVEALS: Adults are three and a half times more likely to know their partners shoe size than their blood pressure Four times more likely to know their partner's place of birth than their blood pressure numbers Blood Pressure UK calls for all adults to have a free blood pressure check to help reduce B r i t a i n ' s biggest silent killer The UK has witnessed its most golden sporting summer ever. However, charity Blood Pressure UK has released worrying new research that shows having watched with excitement from the edge of our sofas, we now need to pay more attention to our health and the health of our partners. The research reveals that most people are more likely to know the shoe size of their nearest and dearest than their weight or blood pressure. Launching this year's Know your Numbers! Week, Blood Pressure UK is appealing for every adult in the UK who has witnessed a truly great sporting year to kick-start their own health by having a free blood pressure check.
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Can we not put the Shoe on our Other Foot
When it Comes to our Health?
PR Newswire
LONDON, September 10, 2012
LONDON
,
September 10, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS:
Adults are three and a half times more likely to know their partners shoe size than
their blood pressure
Four times more likely to know their partner's place of birth than their blood
pressure numbers
Blood Pressure UK calls for all adults to have a free blood pressure check to help
reduce
Britain's
biggest silent killer
The UK has witnessed its most golden sporting summer ever. However, charity
Blood Pressure UK has released worrying new research that shows having
watched with excitement from the edge of our sofas, we now need to pay more
attention to our health and the health of our partners. The research reveals
that most people are more likely to know the shoe size of their nearest and
dearest than their weight or blood pressure.
Launching this year's Know your Numbers! Week, Blood Pressure UK is
appealing for every adult in the UK who has witnessed a truly great sporting
year to kick-start their own health by having a free blood pressure check. Blood
Pressure UK has released new research showing that only 32% of adults know
their own blood pressure [1] and when it comes about knowing about our
partner's most vital statistic- this figure is even worse, with just 17% of adults
knowing their partner's blood pressure, compared to 41% who know their
partner's weight, 60% who know each other's shoe size and 69% who know
their partner's place of birth (see table 1).
Whilst it may put us in the good books of our partner's to know what their
favourite drink is and what music they like, it's shocking to find out we're twice
as likely to know our partner's favourite band than their most vital statistic-
their blood pressure numbers.
A shocking 1 in 3 adults in the UK has high blood pressure and 1 in 9 adults has
high blood pressure and have no idea because it has no symptoms. It is the
UK's biggest silent killer, being responsible for 60% of strokes and 40% of heart
attacks and is also a risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.
Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That's one
person every five minutes. A third of these die as a result and hundreds of
thousands are left disabled, some severely. A further 124,000 heart attacks are
also suffered, many resulting in death, others in permanent disability.
High blood pressure can quite literally devastate lives, yet 68% of people do not
know their own blood pressure
[1]
and only a quarter of this number knows their
partner's.
If it is detected though, high blood pressure can be successfully managed so
Blood Pressure UK is therefore urging all adults to become familiar with their
blood pressure numbers by taking advantage of the free tests available right
across the UK during Know your Numbers! Week, which runs until
September
16
. During Know Your Numbers! Week, over 1,500 free blood pressure testing
stations are set up all over the UK to encourage and enable people to get that
potentially life saving free blood pressure check.
A quick, painless test really can mean the difference between life and death or
serious disability.
All UK adults can find their nearest 2012 Pressure Station and take advantage
of their free check by visiting:
http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/kyn or by calling +44(0)208-772-
4994 (office hours).
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chair of Blood Pressure UK, says,
"High blood pressure is a very dangerous condition when not managed. Its
effects can ruin lives, take lives and destroy families. It's not just old people who
have high blood pressure. Even in your thirties, you have a thirty percent
chance of having raised blood pressure. It is the biggest cause of strokes and
heart attacks, but the good news is that it can be lowered through lifestyle
changes and if needed by medication.
"The most single important thing that you need to know is what your blood
pressure is."
"You won't know what your blood pressure is, the only way you can find out is
by going for a free check today."
"It is everyone's responsibility to take care of their health for their own sake
and their family's. Watching what you eat and drink and knowing your blood
pressure and weight is common sense.
"Please take advantage of the free blood pressure checks on offer to lower
yours and their risk of stroke and heart attack."
If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to
someone over the phone, call Blood Pressure UK's Information Line on 0845-
241-0989.
[1] From a survey of 19,281 people taken during Know your Numbers! Week
2011, 68% of those tested were not aware of what their blood pressure
numbers were before testing.
Table 1.
Blood Pressure UK and Populas Survey asked 2,038 adults the
question below.
Table 1.
Which of the following do you confidently know about your partner?
Total
Male
Female
Unweighted base
2038
1018
1020
Weighted base
2038
999
1039
Their place of
1408
703
706
birth
69%
70%
68%
1316
623
692
Their eye colour
65%
62%
67%
1225
558
667
Their shoe size
60%
56%
64%
1192
592
600
Their height
58%
59%
58%
Their favourite
1187
590
597
drink
58%
59%
57%
845
382
463
Their weight
41%
38%
45%
Their favourite
784
345
439
musician/ band
38%
35%
42%
Their blood
348
170
178
pressure
17%
17%
17%
24
17
7
None of these
1%
2%
1%
I do not have a
509
226
283
partner
25%
23%
27%
Notes to Editors:
For more information on Know your Numbers! Week, call +44(0)20-8772-
4980/4997/4992, or email kyn@bloodpressureuk.org
Blood Pressure UK is the UK's leading blood pressure charity working to
lower the nation's blood pressure. The charity provides information and support
for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the
condition. For more information visit the charity's main website at
http://www.bloodpressureuk.org or call +44(0)20-8772-4994.
Blood Pressure UK is an on operating name of the Blood Pressure
Association.
Facts about blood pressure from Blood Pressure UK:
One in three adults in the UK - 16 million - has high blood pressure. A third
of these (5 million) don't know they have the condition.
High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms. The only way to find
out if you have the condition is to have a blood pressure check.
Untreated high blood pressure is the major risk factor for stroke and heart
attack. It is also a risk factor for heart and kidney disease and vascular
dementia.
A healthy blood pressure is a level of 120/80mmHg or less. If readings are
consistently at or above 140/90mmHg, high blood pressure is diagnosed, and
action should be taken to lower it.
Although sufferers may feel healthy, uncontrolled high blood pressure can
progressively damage their vital organs.
You can lower your blood pressure by having a healthier lifestyle, and, if
necessary, by taking medication as directed by your doctor.
Blood Pressure UK's 'Top five tips for a healthy blood
pressure':
1.
Cut down on salt - don't add it when cooking or at the table and check food
labels to make sure you don't eat more than 6g a day (a teaspoon). Remember
75% of the salt we eat is already in the food we eat, so check the labels before
buying.
2.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables - at least five different portions every day
3.
Watch your weight - try to reach the right weight for your height.
4.
Exercise regularly - that doesn't have to mean the gym, how about a
regular lunchtime walk? 30 minutes five times a week is ideal, but if you are
unsure about taking up exercise and how much, ask your GP.
5.
Drink alcohol in moderation - no more than 3-4 units a day for men and no
more than 2-3 units for women (a pint of normal strength beer = 2 units, a
medium glass of wine = 2 units).