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Do you have a happy heart?

Residents are urged to get their blood pressure checked for FREE as part of ‘Know Your Numbers’ Week, 10th – 16th September 2018.

Almost 50,000 adults in Wirral have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and another 34,000 have high blood pressure but don’t know it. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.

The aim of Know Your Numbers Week is to identify people with undiagnosed high blood pressure. Without knowing their numbers, many people are unable to take those vital steps towards a healthier life.

Free blood pressure checks are being offered at:

  • 8th September 8am-4pm, Wallasey Car Rally @ ‘The Dips’ between Wallasey and New Brighton
  • 12th September, 10am–4pm @ The Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead
  • 13th September, 11.30am–1.30pm @ Pacific Road Small Business Hub
  • 26th September, 10am–4pm @ St Cath’s hospital

Many pharmacies across Wirral provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.

This year, Blood Pressure UK is urging people to know their numbers, just like they know their weight and height, and to encourage family members to get a check too. 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 enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise.

Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, Wirral Council says: “The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. 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 blood pressure check is quick, free, and painless and could save your life.”

Visit the Happy Hearts website for lots of information on keeping your heart happy and tips to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack.