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Published: Wednesday, 5th September 2018

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has teamed up with Charlton Athletic Community Trust and The British Heart Foundation for the 'Be Sure of your Blood Pressure' roadshow.

Following on from last year's successful roadshow, the campaign runs until late October and gives residents the chance to get a free blood pressure check and receive tailored health advice and support from friendly trained advisors.

The roadshow supports two national campaigns launching at the same time - Public Health England's 'Heart Age' and Blood Pressure UK's 'Know Your Numbers' week.

Take an online heart age test

With the online heart age test, it's easy to find out how old your heart is just by answering a few questions. It will help you lower it and reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you know your blood pressure, you'll get a more accurate result.

Find out how healthy your heart is (NHS website)

'Be Sure of your Blood Pressure' roadshow

The 'Be Sure of your Blood Pressure' roadshow kicked off on Tuesday 4 September at General Gordon Square in Woolwich with Dr Hilary Jones from Good Morning Britain and Cllr Averil Lekau in attendance.

It will tour some of the busiest and most popular locations all around the borough including Woolwich Market (11 to 15 September) and the University of Greenwich campuses at Avery Hill (18 September) and Greenwich (21 September).

'Know Your Numbers' week is the nation's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness week, and encourages everyone to get their blood pressure tested.

Almost half of people who have high blood pressure don't know it, so it's important to get yours checked. High blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke and heart and kidney disease, and it is also linked to some forms of dementia.

Even if your blood pressure isn't high, as long as it's not too low it's worthwhile making changes to bring it down a little. Even small changes like eating less salt and more fruit and vegetables, moving more and getting more sleep can help reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure or help lower your blood pressure if it's already high.

Stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine can also reduce your blood pressure, along with having the added benefit of helping you feel and look good.

'I'd encourage residents to check their blood pressure'

Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member for Adult's Social Care, Health and Anti-Poverty, said: “I had my blood pressure checked today at the 'Be Sure of your Blood Pressure' roadshow.

"I'd encourage residents to check theirs while they're out and about - it only takes a minute and could be the important first step to reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke."

Find out about health and wellbeing support, and where to get your free blood pressure check