Residents are being encouraged to have their blood pressure checked at a series of pop-up pressure stations across Medway next week.
High blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes in the UK and is the country’s biggest silent killer. People with high blood pressure are also three times more likely to develop heart disease and suffer a stroke.
In Medway, it is estimated that up to 27,000 adults may be living with high blood pressure without knowing it.
Understanding the causes of high blood pressure and knowing your ‘numbers’ will help people take action and reduce their risk of developing health complications.
The national Know your Numbers Blood Pressure awareness campaign is encouraging adults across the UK to be aware of their blood pressure numbers.
High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms and residents are being encourage to get a free blood pressure check to help them live longer and healthier lives.
Medway residents can get their blood pressure checked at Gillingham Market on Monday, 10 September from 9am to 3pm and in Chatham High Street, outside Waterstones, on Wednesday, 12 September, from 10am to 4pm. Residents can also pop in have their blood pressure checked at the Smoke Free Advice Centre in Railway Street, Chatham, from Monday, 10 September, to Friday, 14 September, between 10am and 5pm.