Help to keep your heart happy

9 September

Cheshire West and Chester Council is urging its local residents to find out if their heart is happy and get their blood pressure checked for FREE as part of Know Your Numbers! Week. The UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event is held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 9-15 September 2019.
Around 40,000 people in Cheshire West and Chester have high blood pressure and don’t know. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia. 
During Know Your Numbers Week, many Brio leisure centres and pharmacies across Cheshire West and Chester are hosting ‘Pressure Stations’ where they will measure your blood pressure and provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control. 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.
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Val Armstrong, says: “The message to people is to get your blood pressure checked and help to keep your heart happy. High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.” 
To find out where your nearest Pressure Station is to have a free blood pressure check during Know Your Numbers week, please visit the Happy Hearts website.
Beyond Know Your Numbers week, the Council is committed to increasing access to blood pressure testing in the community. Cheshire West and Chester will be offering members of staff within the council and local businesses the opportunity to be trained as blood pressure champions. The champions will be given the knowledge and equipment to measure colleague’s blood pressure within the workplace. It is hoped this will help to identify more people with undiagnosed high blood pressure, therefore helping to keep employees healthy, increasing wellbeing, improving productivity and reducing sickness and absence.
Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not 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. 

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