Know your Numbers – Heart Health Day

Following on from the successful ‘Know Your Numbers’ Week in September (5-11 September), Yeovil Library will be hosting encouraging residents to ‘know their numbers’ and will be running a Heart Health Day in their Wellbeing Zone.

The event, which will be held on Tuesday December 13from 9.30am to 12.30pm, will encourage the public to check their blood pressure. There will be an automatic blood pressure monitor on-site, home blood pressure monitoring kit demonstration and the opportunity to borrow a kit from the library for free so that members can ‘know their numbers’ at home.

Councillor Federica Smith-Roberts, Somerset County Council Lead Executive Member for Communities, said: “High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and significantly increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

“Home blood pressure monitoring is an effective and inexpensive way for someone to keep an eye on their blood pressure and take action if it is high – with no need to visit a GP, practice nurse or pharmacist in person to do the check. It puts them in the driver’s seat, and it really can save lives.

“We are delighted to continue offering people in Somerset the opportunity to continue to borrow blood pressure kits for free.”

About 3 in 10 adults in Somerset have high blood pressure but 1 in 10 do not know it as it often presents with no symptoms. Early detection and treatment can help people live longer, healthier lives.

Once someone ‘knows their numbers’ by checking their blood pressure, they will know if they have high blood pressure -for anyone who has high blood pressure support to bring it under control and prevent these diseases is available from GP practices and health professionals.

There will also be an opportunity on the day to chat with local NHS Health Coaches about Heart Healthy living:

  • Measure your blood pressure to see if it’s under control.
  • Modify your lifestyle if necessary.
  • Manage your blood pressure and your health to beat ‘the silent killer’.

No need to book, just drop in on the day.

Visit www.bloodpressureuk.org/know-your-numbers/ for more information on the campaign.

For more information on the event please email yeolib@somerst.gov.uk.