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Hypertension (high blood pressure) is known as “the silent killer” because it usually has no symptoms.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get a blood pressure test. In partnership with the Birmingham and Solihull ICS, we’re aiming to help a million hearts across the city get healthier.

Why should I know my blood pressure?

More than 4 million adults in England are unaware they have high blood pressure. Left untreated, high blood pressure can significantly increase your risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and vascular dementia.

That’s why it’s important to get a blood pressure test, especially for those over 40. And if you are South Asian, African or African Caribbean then your risk of developing some heart and circulatory diseases can be higher than white Europeans.

Where can I get my blood pressure checked?

If you are over 40, and don’t already have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, then you can get checked for free.

You can visit your nearest community pharmacy, or any of the following locations:

Date Time Location
Sunday 14 April 3:00pm to 5:00pm BHAM Culture Café, The Exchange, B1 2DR
Monday 15 April 9:00am to 10:30am Grenstone School "Be Healthy Week", B20 1ND
Tuesday 16 April 9:00am to 10:30am Grenstone School "Be Healthy Week", B20 1ND
Wednesday 8 May 3:00pm to 5:00pm BHAM Culture Café, The Exchange, B1 2DR
Wednesday 12 June 3:00pm to 5:00pm BHAM Culture Café, The Exchange, B1 2DR
Wednesday 10 July 3:00pm to 5:00pm BHAM Culture Café, The Exchange, B1 2DR
Wednesday 14 August 3:00pm to 5:00pm BHAM Culture Café, The Exchange, B1 2DR

You can also check your numbers at home if you have access to a blood pressure monitor.

How often should I get checked?

You should get your blood pressure checked regularly, at least once every year. There are lots of different factors that can have an impact on your blood pressure level.

If your blood pressure is very high, your doctor is likely to prescribe you medicine to control it and reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.


Page last updated: 22 April 2024

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