The Council’s Public Health team will be offering free blood pressure (BP) checks as part of May Measurement Month (MMM) from 10am to 3pm on 23 and 24 May in the Broadway Shopping Centre in Bexleyheath - writes bexley.gov.uk
MMM is an initiative led by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and endorsed by the World Hypertension League - building on World Hypertension Day, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding raised BP in May.
Hypertension is very common, making it a major public health issue. According to ISH, in 2000, the estimated number of adults living with high blood pressure globally was 972 million. This is expected to increase to 1.56 billion by 2025.
Currently around 10 million people die each year due to conditions related to high BP – such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure - but unless hypertension is detected it cannot be treated to prevent these conditions.
It is estimated that around half the people who have hypertension are not even aware of it.
If you haven't had your BP checked recently, visit the team at their stand within the shopping centre or arrange an appointment with your Bexley GP.
To find out more visit May Measure.
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