Free blood pressure testing for local residents in Cheshire West and Chester as part of Know Your Numbers! Week
14 September 2017Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging its local residents to get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 18 - 24 September 2017.
Shockingly, 37,000 people in Cheshire West have high blood pressure and don’t know. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to at least 50 percent of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.
Many pharmacies across Cheshire West and Chester will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.
This year, Blood Pressure UK cautions that a poor diet and excess salt intake is leading more young people to develop high blood pressure putting them at risk of having an early stroke. Help to STOP stroke and other illnesses by knowing your numbers just like you know your height and weight.
Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased, despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging people, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.
Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as smoking, eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.
Blood pressure can be lowered by changes to your lifestyle and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor. If you would like some support to start making healthy changes check out the Cheshire Change hub or call 03007770033.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins, says: “The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. High blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. There is usually no single cause for high blood pressure but your risk is greater if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle and unfortunately there are no visible signs to look out for. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. A number of pharmacies within the borough have signed up to offer free checks throughout Blood Pressure Week. Checks are quick and easy and I would encourage everyone to take the time to visit and to encourage friends and family members to take up the offer as well.”
Shefalee Loth, Nutritionist at Blood Pressure UK says: “Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in younger patients with high blood pressure, often as a result of too much salt and poor diet. If you start making small changes to your lifestyle when you are young, such as eating less salt, more fruit and vegetables, taking more exercise and keeping to a healthy weight, you will stay healthier and help prevent strokes and heart disease.”
To find your nearest pressure station online