'Take care of your ticker' urge health bosses - The Evesham Observer

'Take care of your ticker' urge health bosses

Evesham Editorial 16th Feb, 2024   0

HEALTH bosses in Worcestershire are urging people to take care of their tickers during National Heart Month.

Figures show that around 200 people across the two counties die every month as a result of a heart or circulatory condition, amounting to around one every four hours.

Blood Pressure and cholesterol checks can indicate if some lifestyle changes are needed.

For people over 40, there are free blood pressure checks are available at NHS community pharmacies across Worcestershire.

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s Medical Director, Dr Will Taylor, said: “Heart and circulatory disease kills 1 in 4 people in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area and puts some of the biggest pressure on the NHS.

“Many people have high cholesterol and blood pressure and don’t even know it. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, will damage your blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses.

“I would encourage everyone to get their cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked regularly through the many NHS outlets that provide this service.”

Checks are available at Talk Wellbeing hubs in Herefordshire as well as Health and Wellbeing vans across Worcestershire.

Tests can be requested from a GP or pharmacist for those who suspect they might be at risk.

The NHS suggest maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, getting regular exercise and keeping alcohol intake to a minimum to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Visit the cardiovascular disease – at nhs.uk – for more information on heart health and cardiovascular disease.

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