Cheshire East’s health leaders have backed a national campaign which aims to combat a silent killer by urging people to get their blood pressure tested.
‘Know Your Numbers’ is Blood Pressure UK’s flagship campaign, raising awareness around the importance of having your blood pressure tested and understanding what your numbers mean.
Graham MacGregor, chair of Blood Pressure UK and a professor of cardiovascular medicine, said: “High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the silent killer.
“The only way to know you have it is to have a check. If detected, it can be easily treated, thereby reducing your risk of a stroke or heart disease.”
Health and care partners in Cheshire East have been working together to provide free blood pressure checks and lifestyle advice for both their employees and the public.
These will take place during the Know Your Numbers Week – running from Monday 10th September to Sunday 16th September.
People visiting a station have their blood pressure tested and also receive information on what the reading means as well as ways to reduce it if necessary.
Testing station staff will also be on hand to offer advice and information on wider health and wellbeing subjects – such as increasing physical activity, losing weight, eating healthily, stopping smoking and more.
Dr Mike Clark, GP at High Street Surgery in Macclesfield and clinical lead for health optimisation at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Having your blood pressure tested is quick and easy but could make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing.
“That’s why I’m urging people to seize this opportunity to know their numbers and get the right medical support if required.”
To find your nearest Know Your Numbers testing station or find out more information about the campaign, visit www.bloodpressureuk.org.
Know Your Numbers partner organisations in Cheshire East include:
- Cheshire East Council
- Community and Voluntary Service Cheshire East
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Department for Work and Pensions Cheshire
- East Cheshire NHS Trust
- Everybody Sport & Recreation
- NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Peaks & Plains Housing Trust
- Plus Dane Housing