HEALTH leaders in South Cheshire are urging people to get their blood pressure tested as part of a national campaign to combat a silent killer.

Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of having your blood pressure tested and understanding what your numbers mean.

Graham MacGregor, chair of Blood Pressure UK and a professor of cardiovascular medicine, said: “High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the silent killer.

“The only way to know you have it is to have a check. If detected, it can be easily treated, thereby reducing your risk of a stroke or heart disease.”

Dr Andrew Wilson, chair of NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP said: “It’s really quick and easy to test your blood pressure, which makes it a great way to get a picture of your general health.

“If your reading is high, there are lots of ways to help bring your blood pressure down such as improving your diet, quitting smoking and exercising more.

“People can find these lifestyle choices a bit daunting but there’s lots of information and support available to help you make some little changes that can make a big difference to your health.”

As part of this campaign, local NHS organisations and health charities have come together to offer free blood pressure checks are being offered at Middlewich Library from 1pm to 4pm on Monday, September 10.

For more information about the ‘Know Your Numbers’ campaign, visit