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Do You Know Your Numbers?

Do You Know Your Numbers?
29 August 2018

Cheshire East’s health leaders have backed a national campaign that 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 of 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 10 September to the following Sunday (16 September).

People visiting a station will not only have their blood pressure tested but also receive information on what the reading means and ways to reduce it if necessary. In addition, testing station staff will 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 our clinical lead for health optimisation, 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”.

Cllr Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “Tackling the contributing factors to high blood pressure such as poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise can be daunting for people but there are lots of easy, free or inexpensive ways to help – the important step is to know your starting point which is why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to take advantage of the free blood pressure check in around 40 local venues.”

Donna Williamson, senior manager of health and wellbeing at Everybody Sport & Recreation, added: “It has been great working together with local organisations to help people manage their blood pressure effectively. After the success of running the campaign last year and seeing over 200 people, this year is going to be even bigger.”

Click here to find your nearest Know Your Numbers! testing station or find out more information about the campaign.