Free blood pressure checks during ‘Know your numbers’ week

Published on: Wednesday, 23-March-2016

Do you know your numbers? If not, then pop into the iVan health bus to find out your blood pressure numbers.

Knowsley Public Health will be running a week-long ‘Know your numbers’ campaign from 29 March to 4 April to encourage people to have free blood pressure, pulse and lung function checks on the iVan mobile health bus.
The iVAN will be visiting locations across the borough and nurses will be on hand to carry out the checks and offer practical advice. The iVan will be at the following locations between 10am and 4pm:

  • Tesco Prescoton Tuesday, 29 March
  • Huyton Village (outside Boots), on Wednesday, 30 March
  • Kirkby Town Centre, on Thursday, 31 March
  • Stockbridge Village, The Croft, Leachcroft, on Friday, 1 April
  • Aldi Car Park, Ravenscourt Centre, Leathers Lane, Halewood, on Monday 4 April

Blood pressure is a measure of your blood as it is pumped around the body. It can be low, normal or high. If the pressure is too high, it’s more likely that you may suffer health problems such as a stroke, heart attack or kidney disease. Simple lifestyle changes, including more exercise or stopping smoking, can help reduce blood pressure
High blood pressure frequently has no symptoms; it’s estimated that around 17,000 people in Knowsley have undiagnosed high blood pressure. So having your blood pressure measured is the only way to find out your blood pressure numbers. It’s a simple process and is quick and painless.
The cause of high blood pressure is unknown but several factors can increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:
•           age – the risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older
•           a family history of high blood pressure (the condition seems to run in families)
•           being of African or Caribbean origin
•           a high amount of salt in your food
•           drinking large amounts of alcohol
•           being overweight or obese
•           a lack of exercise
•           smoking.
If you can’t attend an event in your area there are other things you can do:
If you live in Knowsley, and are aged 40-74, you can sign up for a free NHS health check which looks at your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. The simple check includes taking your blood pressure, measuring your cholesterol by a simple finger-prick test, as well as talking about your family history and your current lifestyle. Ring your GP surgery to make an appointment.
You can also make an appointment with your doctor / practice nurse or some local pharmacies will carry out a blood pressure check.
For more helpful information visit the Stroke Association website, Blood Pressure Association www.bpassoc.org.uk or British Heart Foundation (BHF) www.bhf.org.uk
For local help and support visit the Healthy Knowsley website at https://www.healthyknowsley.co.uk/