Healthy Hearts East Riding of Yorkshire
Our vision is to prevent ill health and encourage people to live healthier lifestyles by promoting, encouraging and supporting our local residents to look after themselves.
In the East Riding of Yorkshire area, it is estimated there are 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 the East Riding of Yorkshire 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.
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 the East Riding of Yorkshire 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.
Visit ‘Know your blood pressure’ for more information and find your local participating pharmacy.
What young adults need to know about high blood pressure
London Doctors Clinic have published resources for young people titled 'What young adults need to know about high blood pressure'. It features:
- What young people should know about hypertension - what causes it, important statistics in the UK, the COVID-19 risk factor, and how this condition affects the body in the long term.
- Managing high blood pressure - How to seek medical help and advice to diagnose this condition, questions to ask your GP, diet and lifestyle changes to make, and risk factors during pregnancy.
- Essential advice for those struggling to handle the condition mentally, opening up to family and friends, and understanding the non-health side effects (e.g. driving or insurance policy requirements).
- Links to other useful medical resources and organisations to support people of all ages who are living with hypertension.
NHS Health Checks
If you are aged 40-74 then FREE NHS health checks are available throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Visit East Riding of Yorkshire Council for more information on where to go for your FREE NHS Health check.
The East Riding Health Trainer service will encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle.
A member of the team will work individually with you to look at your lifestyle and chat about where you can make small changes to improve your health and wellbeing. They are friendly and supportive and will help you plan your goals and work towards achieving them whether that’s weight loss, stopping smoking or increasing physical activity.