Free Blood Pressure Checks - Know Your Numbers

Do you know your numbers? If not, why not attend one of the events taking place across the borough and find out your blood pressure numbers.

Knowsley Public Health will be running a week long awareness campaign from 29th March to 4th April 2016 to encourage people to have free blood pressure, pulse and lung age 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.
Blood pressure is a measure of your blood as it is being pumped around the body. It can be low, normal or high. If the pressure is too high, it makes it more likely that you may suffer health problems such as stroke, a heart attack or kidney disease.

High blood pressure or hypertension is a common problem, affecting about 10 million people of all ages and lifestyles in the UK. 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.

High blood pressure frequently has no symptoms so having it measured is the only way to find out. It’s a simple process, one which many of you will be familiar with, and is quick and painless.

The iVan mobile will be in the following venues on the dates below:

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

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 40-75, 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. Telephone 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.

Other helpful information can be found at the links below:

• Stroke Association Stroke Association website
• Blood Pressure Association
• British Heart Foundation (BHF)

For local help and support visit the Healthy Knowsley website at