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Knowing your blood pressure is key to protecting health

Health partners across Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are working together during September as part of a Berkshire Blood Pressure Awareness campaign to increase the amount of residents having a blood pressure check.

1 in 4 adults are likely to have high blood pressure and many of those are undiagnosed cases.

High blood pressure Is often called a ‘silent killer’ as you may not experience any symptoms but it remains one of the leading risk factors for premature death and long-term illness and significantly increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks, chronic kidney disease and some types of dementia.

You are more at risk of high blood pressure if you…

-       Smoke

-       Are overweight

-       Do not do enough physical activity

-       Eat too much salt

-       Drink too much alcohol

-       Have high blood pressure in your family

-       Are older

There are lots of ways you can have your blood pressure checked.

  • At your GP surgery
  •  At some pharmacies
  • As part of your NHS health check
  •  In some workplaces
  • You can check it yourself with a home BP monitor
  • Free blood pressure checking events (18-24 Sep 2017)

Follow the local Know Your Numbers campaign on Twitter (@BerkshireBP).

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.