Healthy Hearts in Hull
In Hull, we estimate that there are around 30,000 people who have high blood pressure, but are unaware. High blood pressure is the greatest risk factor attributed to premature cardiovascular disease, mortality and disability in England.
We want to improve the detection and management of this and other cardiovascular conditions and support you to understand your condition and be able to look after and manage your symptoms.
The following schemes in Hull offer you free checks to give you a better understanding of your health and support you to make small change to improve your health and wellbeing.
Know Your Blood Pressure
Did you know high blood pressure kills one in six people every year in England? High blood pressure rarely has any symptoms, which is why it’s called the silent killer because it can lead to a heart attack, heart failure or a stroke.
We are encouraging people in Hull to know their blood pressure by getting a FREE test at participating pharmacies. Knowing whether you have high blood pressure allows you to make small healthy lifestyle changes to reduce it, keep it at a normal level, lower your risk of a cardiovascular disease and ultimately improve your long-term health.
Dr James Crick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Associate Medical Director for NHS Hull CCG, said:
“High blood pressure often goes unseen as people generally do not have any symptoms, but the potential consequences of not managing it could be huge for individuals and families. I really welcome the blood pressure testing initiative being made available in 20 community pharmacies in Hull. Community pharmacies are accessible, and open at weekends and longer hours to suit busy lives, and people don’t need to make an appointment for a test.
“There are also a number of changes that people can make to lower their blood pressure if they are concerned like increasing physical activity, reducing salt in their diet, reducing the amount of alcohol they drink and stopping smoking; increasing physical activity does not mean running a marathon, beginning small, like taking the stairs instead of the lift is a good start. These are sensible things to do whether your blood pressure is high or not, but they are especially important for those with high blood pressure.”
Visit ‘Know your blood pressure’ for more information and find your local participating pharmacy.
NHS Health Checks
NHS Health Checks are provided free of charge to Hull residents aged 40 to 74 years old who have not previously been diagnosed with a long term condition, such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and high blood pressure. Adults who meet the eligibility criteria are advised to have a health check every 5 years.
Visit this page for more information on where to go in Hull for your FREE NHS Health check and what to expect.