What is high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force that blood puts on the walls of your arteries when it is pumped around your body by your heart. It is measured with two readings – when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and when it relaxes (diastolic pressure).
Do you know your blood pressure?
High blood pressure is a contributing factor to 54% of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke that we can control, yet it has no symptoms and can affect people of all ages and lifestyles.
Measuring blood pressure is quick, simple and painless.
Know Your Blood Pressure events
Our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign helps people to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke, other risk factors and what they can do to reduce their risk of having a stroke. We get to the heart of communities by holding events across the UK offering free blood pressure testing, stroke prevention information and friendly advice.
Findings from Know Your Blood Pressure events in 2015