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May Measurement Month 2019

May Measurement Month 2019

What's it all about?

More than 1 in 10 people are living with undetected hypertension in the UK, according to the British Heart Foundation.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is associated with at least half of all heart attacks and strokes, and is a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease, heart failure and cognitive decline.

May Measurement Month (MMM) is an international month of awareness for raised or high blood pressure. With millions taking part worldwide, MMM is a global synchronised screening campaign to combat high BP - the number one cause of preventable death worldwide.

More than 2.7 million people have checked their numbers as part of May Measurement since the project was launched in 2017 and Wirral is taking part in this important campaign again.

Residents can get involved with May Measurement Month with a series of blood pressure check events delivered by the borough's public health nurses.

Your blood pressure can be influenced by factors such as diet, lifestyle, weight, family history, stress and others. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop heart and circulatory diseases. The good news is that you can do something about most risk factors.

Anyone can benefit from a blood pressure check at any of this month's MMM events on the following dates:

10th May - Arrowe Park Hospital Foyer - 9.30am-3.30pm

17th May - World Hypertension Day - The Pyramids Shopping Centre (outside Boots opticians) - 9.30am-3.30pm

21st May - OVO Cycling Tour of Britain - Hamilton Square/Argyle Street - 2-7pm

22nd May - 'Love your Liver' Roadshow outside Asda Birkenhead - 9.30am-3.30pm

28th May - Wirral Multicultural Society - 10am-1pm

All events are free and open to members of the public for blood pressure checks and specialist advice. If you are unable to get to one of the events, you can easily get your BP checked in the following ways:

- All local council gyms have BP machines and staff trained to perform checks

- Many local pharmacies offer blood pressure checks

- Some GP practices have automated machines in reception areas for you to check your BP yourself

- If you have concerns, you can contact your GP practice to organise an appointment