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Medic’s warning over silent killer

TO mark National Blood Pressure Testing Week, Solihull Hospital is encouraging Silhillians to get checked for the biggest known cause of premature death in the region.

TO mark National Blood Pressure Testing Week, Solihull Hospital is encouraging Silhillians to get checked for the biggest known cause of premature death in the region.

Dr Mark Thomas, consultant in renal medicine and lead for the West Midlands Hypertension centre, said: “High blood pressure is a condition which causes strokes and heart attacks and is linked to kidney disease and dementia.

“The condition is known as the ‘silent killer’ and this is because a large proportion of the population don’t realise they have it. We would urge people to find out their blood pressure, have regular checks and to adopt a lifestyle which helps keep blood pressure low. The groups at the biggest risk include the over 55s, people of African-Caribbean descent, and people of South Asian origin.”

If you are worried about high blood pressure, visit your GP or www.wmhc.co.uk.

 

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