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May Measurement Month: 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 it’s a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease, heart failure and cognitive decline.

May Measurement Month (MMM) is an international month of awareness raising around 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, yet again, Wirral is taking part.

Residents can get involved in May Measurement Month again this year 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.

Getting your blood pressure checked is a good start. Anyone can benefit from a blood pressure check at any of this month’s MMM19 events on the following dates:

  • 10th May - Arrowe Park Hospital Foyer - 9.30 – 3.30pm
  • 17th May – World Hypertension Day - The Pyramids Shopping Centre (outside boots opticians by food court) - 9.30 – 3.30pm
  • 21st May - OVO Cycling Tour of Britain event at Hamilton square/Argyle street - 2-7pm
  • 22nd May – ‘Love your Liver’ Roadshow outside Asda Birkenhead - 9.30 – 3.30pm
  • 4th June – Wirral Multicultural Society – 10 - 1pm

All events are free and open to members of the public for BP checks and specialist advice. For updates and top tips on blood pressure follow the Stay Well Wirral pages on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re 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 offers blood pressure checks (just ask!)
  • 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.