Cheshire West and Chester Council is offering free blood pressure testing for local residents during Know Your Numbers Week, this week.
The council is urging local residents to find out if their heart is happy and get their blood pressure checked as part of the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event.
There will be ‘Pressure Stations’ set up around the country from 10th to 16th September 2018.
According to Public Health England estimates, around 37,000 people in Cheshire West have high blood pressure and don’t know about it.
High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms, but it is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and also increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.
Many pharmacies across Cheshire West 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 local GP surgery or use a home testing kit.
If detected, high blood pressure can be easily treated – thereby reducing risk of stroke or heart disease.
Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not eating enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise.
High blood pressure is also more likely as you get older, if it runs in your family and if you are of African, Caribbean or South-Asian descent.
You can lower your blood pressure and help to keep your heart happy with lifestyle changes and if necessary by taking medication as directed by your doctor.
Free blood pressure checks
Cheshire West and Chester Council is offering free blood pressure checks at:
- Superdrug Pharmacy, 32-34 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HA
- Swettenham Chemists, 4 The Parade, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5HN
- Garrett Pharmacy, Units 3-4, Carlton Shopping Centre, Western Ave, Chester, CH1 5PN
- Saughall Pharmacy, 30 Church Road, Saughall, Chester, CH1 6EP
- Swettenham Chemists, 95 Kingsway, Newton, Chester, CH2 2LJ
- Lloyds Pharmacy, Whitby Group Practice, 114 Chester Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 6TG
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 66-68 Old Chester Road, Great Sutton, CH66 3PB
- Little Sutton Pharmacy, 438 Chester Road, Little Sutton, CH66 3RB
- Rowlands Pharmacy, 299 Chester Road , Hartford, CW8 1QL
- Rowlands Pharmacy, 16 Fir Lane, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2NT
- Lloyds Pharmacy, 66 Middlewich Road, Rudheath, Northwich, CW9 7DA
To find your nearest pressure station online, please visit: www.happy-hearts.co.uk
Top five tips for healthy blood pressure
Blood Pressure UK’s top five tips for healthy blood pressure:
- Cut down on salt – reducing your salt intake is the quickest way to lower your blood pressure. Don’t add it when cooking or at the table, avoid using stock cubes, gravy and soy sauce, check food labels and avoid processed foods high in salt. Aim to eat less than 6g a day.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – at least five different portions every day.
- Watch your weight – try to reach the right weight for your height.
- Exercise regularly – that doesn’t have to mean the gym… how about a regular lunchtime walk? 30 minutes five times a week is ideal. If you are unsure about taking up exercise, ask your GP.
- Drink alcohol in moderation – up to 14 units a week for both men and women. A glass of wine or a pint of beer is 2-3 units.
For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers Week, go to: www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN