The council is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign throughout May and encouraging residents to get their blood pressure checked.
May Measurement Month aims to identify residents who may be living with undiagnosed high blood pressure, without knowing they are at risk of heart attack or stroke.
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is something that is easily identified and easily treated. It usually has no symptoms, which is why many people don’t know they have it.
The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. You can get it checked at either your GP practice or in many local pharmacies across the borough including:
Knowing if you have high blood pressure can be life saving and there are steps you can take to reduce your blood pressure, including:
|M & C Jacobs||18 Camberley Drive||Halewood|
|Cohens Chemist||Hollies Road||Halewood|
|Tops Pharmacy||Units 5-6, Glovers Brow||Kirkby|
|Rowlands Pharmacy||St Chad’s Walk-in Centre, St Chad’s Drive||Kirkby|
|Rowlands Pharmacy||St Laurence’s Medical Centre, 32 Leeside Road||Kirkby|
|Rowlands Pharmacy||67 Eccleston Street||Prescot|
|Neil’s Pharmacy||32 Molyneux Drive||Prescot|
|Sedem Pharmacy||27 Woolfall Heath Avenue||Huyton|
|Sedem Pharmacy||Longview Primary Centre Centre, Longview Drive||Huyton|
|Superdrug Pharmacy||48 Derby Road||Huyton|
|JH Daveys Chemist||112 Dinas Lane||Huyton|
|Lloyds Pharmacy||Pilch Lane||Huyton|
- Eat less salt – don’t add it when cooking or at the table, avoid using stock cubes, gravy and soy sauce, check food labels and avoid processed foods high in salt – aim to eat less than 6g a day.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – at least five different portions every day.
- Watch your weight – lose weight if you need to and if you lose excess weight you may find that your blood pressure reduces.
- Keep active – you don’t have to go to the gym or do some sort of sport, any activity such as a brisk 10 minute daily walk, gardening or housework count. Try to reach 30 minutes every day if you can, just keep active, it all adds up!
- Stop smoking – to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Cut down on alcohol – advice is up to 14 units a week for both men and women (a glass of wine or a pint of beer is 2-3 units).
Further information about May Measurement Month is available on the British Heart Foundation website.