There are 40,000 people in Cheshire East who are unaware they have high blood pressure and Cheshire East Council are urging to residents to take action.
High blood pressure is a health condition which affects one in four adults in the UK and is the second biggest risk factor for early deaths and disability. Despite this, only four in 10 adults are aware of the condition and how to manage it.
The Council is supporting Blood Pressure UK’s efforts to raise awareness of this important issue as part of the ‘know your numbers’ campaign which runs from September 12-18.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage adults to know their own blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain them at a healthy level. The only way to know for sure that your blood pressure is high is to get it checked.
To have the best possible impact, a number of pharmacies across the Borough have been set up to form ‘pressure stations,’ where blood pressure checks will be provided.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cabinet member for communities and health, said: “People all lead very busy lives but it is at times like this that it’s worth remembering that health is still important.
“The ‘know your numbers’ campaign is already very successful and a firm reminder that there is still a lot of work to do to reduce the number of people who suffer from unhealthy blood pressure levels.”
To find out more about the ‘know your numbers’ campaign and where you can get your blood pressure checked, visit: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home