Have you checked your blood pressure lately?
Did you know that Caribbean and African communities are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure and having a stroke than other ethnic groups in the UK?
That’s why at the AT BEACON PROJECT, we want to ensure that you get to know your numbers because knowing your blood pressure could save your life!
If you are African or African Caribbean in the UK, you have a greater chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Genetics may play a part to why the risks of diabetes and high blood pressure are higher for those from Caribbean and African backgrounds, but your lifestyle choices can play a big role too.
"More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure but sadly, many will not know they have it."
The AT BEACON PROJECT team are here to help you make healthier choices and get to know your numbers.
More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure but sadly, many will not know they have it. So, it’s important to get your blood pressure checked. So why not drop in to one of our Health and Wellbeing hubs near you and get your blood pressure measured by our lovely nurse.
You can also get your blood pressure checked at GP surgeries, some pharmacies, some workplaces and during an NHS Health Check (England only). Your blood pressure should be under 140/90mmHg. If you already know that you have high blood pressure, you can reduce it by being more physically active, drinking less alcohol, and reducing how much salt you eat.