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High blood pressure (hypertension)

The problem for Tameside

High blood pressure is England’s 3rd highest risk factor for premature death or disability (after smoking and poor diet).

And in Tameside, 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure.

At least half of all strokes and heart attacks are related to high blood pressure. And high blood pressure is a major factor in chronic kidney disease, heart failure and dementia.

But high blood pressure rarely has any noticeable symptoms.


How to minimise the risk

Getting your blood pressure checked is easy. And it could save your life.

You can have your blood pressure checked at your GP surgery and some pharmacies, or you could purchase your own monitor to check your own and your family’s blood pressure.

In particular, all adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.
The following lifestyle changes can help prevent and lower high blood pressure:

  • Reduce the amount of salt you eat and have a generally healthy diet
  • Cut back on alcohol if you drink too much
  • Lose weight if you’re overweight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Stop smoking
  • Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night

There’s more information about blood pressure on the NHS website.


Extra opportunities to have your blood pressure checked in summer and autumn 2019

Through our partners Be Well Tameside, we’ve organised the following additional opportunities to have your blood pressure checked and find out more information.

(TBC = to be confirmed)



July 21, Sunday, 11am-3pm

Marvellous Mossley
Mossley Park, Old Brow, Mossley

August 1, Thursday, 11am-3pm

Hyde Bus Station,
Hyde SK14 2AQ

14 August, Wednesday, 9am-4pm

Tameside Wellbeing Corner,
Ashton Market Hall

August 28, Tuesday, 10am-2pm

Masjid Hamza Mosque
319-321 Katherine Street, Ashton OL7 0AL

September 3, Tuesday, 11am-3pm

Ashton Library
Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton OL6 6BH

September 8, Sunday, 11am-3pm

Denton Carnival,
by Denton Town Hall steps

September 11, Wednesday, 9am-4pm

Tameside Wellbeing Corner,
Ashton Market Hall

October 1, Tuesday, 11am-3pm

Joint Public Service Centre, Level 1, customer services area,
Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton OL6 6BH