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Campaign to keep your health in check
Thursday 16th March 2017 @ 10:21 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

Adults of all ages across Tameside are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked to help them keep on top of their health.

To date, over 1,000 residents have had their blood pressure checked as part of a borough-wide hypertension campaign.

However, although it is estimated that one in three adults in Tameside have high blood pressure, many people do not even know they may have it.

High blood pressure, also commonly known as hypertension, is one of the leading risk factors for premature death and long term illness and can also lead to strokes, heart attacks, chronic kidney disease and some types of dementia.

Regular blood pressure checks enable people to take early steps to tackle hypertension and reduce the associated ill health risks.

People can book a blood pressure check with their GP or contact Be Well Tameside on 0161 716 2000 or e-mail [email protected] to see where they are holding their free Community NHS Health Checks.

Anyone whose blood pressure is found to be high will be closely monitored until it is brought under control. Their doctor will usually suggest changes to lifestyle and, sometimes, medication to achieve this

People can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by:

  • Losing weight if they need to
  • Reducing the amount of salt they eat
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Cutting back if they drink too much alcohol
  • Cutting down on caffeine
  • Stopping smoking

Be Well Tameside offers free support for all of the above as well as handy hints and tips.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for health, said: “High blood pressure is not something to ignore – being forewarned is being forearmed and there’s lots of things you can do bring it down and reduce the risk of any associated health risks.

“There’s no need to do this alone either, Be Well Tameside offers fantastic individual support with any lifestyle changes you need to make to improve your health.”