by Adi Malik August 31, 2023 2 min read
Hello, heart health enthusiasts!
Next week is "Know Your Numbers Week," an annual campaign organized by the charity Blood Pressure UK. This campaign falls every second week of September and shines a spotlight on the importance of understanding and monitoring vital health numbers. The theme for 2023 is "Make the Time, Ease Your Pressure." Sounds like a message we can all get behind, right?
If you're still asking why knowing your blood pressure is crucial, consider this: it's not dubbed the 'silent killer' for nothing. High blood pressure can creep up unnoticed, wreaking havoc on your heart, arteries, and even your kidneys. This makes it a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and many other life-threatening conditions. And that's exactly why at 120/Life, we're committed to helping you keep those numbers in check.
First, invest in a quality, cuff-style blood pressure monitor that has been validated for accuracy.
Before you take your reading, make sure you're seated comfortably in a quiet space. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your arm resting on a table at heart level.
Slip that cuff onto your upper arm and follow the directions specific to your monitor. You'll get two numbers: the systolic (pressure when your heart beats) and the diastolic (pressure when your heart is between beats).
Jot down your numbers, the date, and time. Also note down any factors that could affect your blood pressure, like caffeine intake, stress, etc.
Want to make tracking less of a chore and more of a joy? Enter BPwise, our custom-built app available for both iOS and Android. Not only does it help you record your blood pressure readings, but it also rewards you for consistent tracking.
Blood Pressure UK's annual campaign is a timely reminder that taking a few minutes each day to check your blood pressure is an investment in your future health. The message for 2023 is "Make the Time, Ease Your Pressure," and it couldn't be more apt. Use this week as your jumping-off point to create a routine of regular blood pressure monitoring.
To a future filled with healthy numbers and a happy heart,
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P.S. Got questions or stories about your journey toward better numbers? We're all ears. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
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