How healthy is your heart?
There are an estimated 18,000 people in Telford and Wrekin who have undiagnosed high blood pressure according to research by the British Heart Foundation.
To increase awareness about heart health and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, Telford & Wrekin Council and Telford & Wrekin CCG will be running a campaign during “Know Your Numbers Week", asking pepole - how healthy is your heart?
The only way to know whether you have high blood pressure is to have it measured.
To help people find out how healthy their heart is people are being urged to take a simple 3 minute Heart Age Test, which will also direct users to the nearest place to get a free blood pressure check.
The test offers an online assessment for anyone over 30, which allows a person to input basic physical and lifestyle-related information and provides an immediate estimation of their "heart age."
According to Public Health England, the Heart Age Test has already identified 167,000 people in the UK who have a heart age older than their chronological age by at least 10 years.
Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Knowing your blood pressure is a vital step in reducing your risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death amongst men. Throughout September alone, 12,700 people will die in the UK from a heart attack or stroke.
During the campaign, people having their blood pressure checked will be encouraged to take action if it is too high. Ways to reduce your blood pressure include increasing your physical activity levels, losing weight, reducing your Salt intake, cutting down on alcohol and eating a healthy balanced diet. In some cases medication can also be prescribed to control high blood pressure.
Throughout "Know Your Numbers Week" several events where people can have their blood pressure checked will be taking place across the borough, including one at the Princess Royal Hospital on September 19 between 9am and 2.30pm.
Councillor Arnold England, Cabinet member for Communities, Health and Wellbeing said:“Checking your blood pressure is simple, easy and you can even do it yourself.
“You rarely know if you have high blood pressure until it’s too late. There are no symptoms of high blood pressure and the consequences could be suffering a stroke or heart attack.
“Anyone can be affected by high blood pressure. So even if you think you are healthy your blood pressure can be high and you may not know it.
“That’s why it’s important people know there numbers. The only way to know whether you have high blood pressure is to have it checked.”
People can take the Heart Age Test online - just search for heart age test.