Health professionals are coming to Ashton-under-Lyne to check residents in town for high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
The team from Be Well Tameside will be in Ashton Arcades on Thurs 17 May (World Hypertension Day) and Ashton Market on Fri 18 offering support and advice on the condition.
It’s estimated that a third of people in Tameside have high blood pressure, however only a fifth of the population are on the GP hypertension register. This means there could be at least 22,000 individuals in the area who are unaware they have the condition which can be symptomless.
When your blood pressure is too high it puts strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs putting you at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and other life-threatening conditions.
High blood pressure can be caused by a variety of factors including a lack of exercise, eating food containing a lot of salt, being overweight, drinking a large amount of alcohol and smoking.
You can cut your risk of the condition by having a healthy diet, drinking less alcohol, losing weight, getting physically active, cutting down on salt, quitting smoking and getting a good night’s sleep.
Carl, 44, an operations controller from Denton leads a very active life and was surprised to find he had hypertension.
Carl said: “It was a shock, as I’m quite fit and currently training to do a half marathon. When I had the free NHS screening at my wife’s work I was living a healthy lifestyle, I hadn’t smoked for years, was only drinking occasionally, exercising regularly and eating healthy food.
“Since the diagnosis, I’ve been prescribed some tablets by my GP and my blood pressure has been fine.”
Carl now wants to encourage more people to have the blood pressure test: “Go and get it checked, it doesn’t matter how fit or healthy you think are as hypertension has no symptoms.”
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council Executive Member for Health, said: “We want to make people aware of the seriousness of high blood pressure and encourage individuals to contact their GP for a check-up. By getting more affected people signed up to the GP hypertension register we can ensure residents get the support they need if they have high blood pressure.”
“Identifying hypertension in patients makes an important contribution to avoiding the preventable 103 deaths from circulatory disease each year in Tameside.”
If you think you have hypertension make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible, or use the self-check machines in your local pharmacy or GP waiting room. Contact Be Well Tameside for further information on 0161 716 2000.
Notes for editors
The Be Well Tameside team will be at the following events venues checking individuals’ blood pressure and offering advice:
Cllr Joyce Bowerman, Civic Mayor of Tameside, consort and Cllr Ged Cooney will be attending the event on Thurs 17 May in Ashton Arcades.
Marketing and Communications
Ashton under Lyne
0161 342 3172
0161 342 3779