Do you know your numbers?
2 September 2016Do you know your numbers? West Cheshire residents urged to take up free blood pressure checks in national awareness week
High blood pressure has no symptoms but could cause a stroke or heart attack – that’s why it’s called the silent killer. The only way to know your numbers is to have a blood pressure check.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting the national “Know Your Numbers” campaign again this year from 12-18 September - encouraging adults across the UK to find out their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy rate.
In West Cheshire more than 51,000 people have recorded high blood pressure but it is estimated that this is only just over half of the real number, meaning a further 42,000 people in the borough are likely to have high blood pressure but do not yet know it.
As part of the annual week ‘Pressure Stations’ have been set up in Healthy Living Pharmacies across West Cheshire and they will be offering free blood pressure checks to all residents.
You can find your nearest free blood pressure check facility by entering your post code or town in to Blood Pressure UK’s Pressure Station Finder at www.bloodpressureuk.org/Home.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said; “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.
“There are things that you can do to help lower your blood pressure including eating less salt and more fruit and vegetables, reducing alcohol intake, becoming active and keeping to a healthy weight and taking medicines if you need them but getting a quick blood pressure check is the only way to truly know your numbers.
“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.”