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Free blood pressure testing in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 17:08 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 11 September 2018

Bromley Council is hosting a number of venues across the borough including Community House and Bromley’s High Street Market, as well as in Orpington High Street. Picture: Google

Bromley Council is hosting a number of venues across the borough including Community House and Bromley’s High Street Market, as well as in Orpington High Street. Picture: Google

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Public Health Bromley is working to support Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! awareness campaign.

Taking place from today (September 10) to September 16, the campaign seeks to encourage people to learn more about their blood pressure numbers and to take the necessary actions needed to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.

The Know Your Numbers campaign is the nation’s largest annual blood pressure and testing awareness event that plays a life-saving role by providing free blood pressure checks and information for thousands of people at venues across the UK.

Bromley Council is hosting a number of venues across the borough by working with its partners at accessible community hubs including Community House and Bromley’s High Street Market, as well as in Orpington High Street.

Details of all the venues, which also include local leisure centres and pharmacies, can be found on the council’s website at www.bromley.gov.uk/bloodpressurechecks.

The test is simple and quick and, if detected, high blood pressure in many cases can be reduced with simple lifestyle changes and medication from doctors.

Usually there are no discernible symptoms, which is why all family members are encouraged to get their blood pressure checked.

Blood Pressure UK states that high blood pressure affects one in three adults in the UK and is the biggest known cause of premature death and disability in the country.

Bromley’s own Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, used by health professionals as a guide to the provision of local services, estimates that there may be more than 30,000 undiagnosed hypertensives – those with high blood pressure – in Bromley.

Cllr Diane Smith, executive member for adult care and health, said: “Bromley sees supporting services to raise awareness and provide free advice and blood pressure checks as invaluable for our residents.

“We want to ensure that residents are offered the advice they need to help reduce high blood pressure and develop healthier lifestyles.

“If you know someone who could benefit from finding out more about issues relating to blood pressure, then please let them know about the events going on in Bromley.

“Knowing your numbers can lessen concern and enable better, more informed choices to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.”

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