Warrington and Halton Hospitals

SmartHeart+ at ASDA Cockhedge

 Have you got an undiagnosed atrial fibrillation or high blood pressure? Get your heart rhythm and blood pressure checked!

Get you blood pressure and heart rhythm checked whilst you shop on Saturday 17 February, between 10am – 2pm and receive specialized advice from our Consultant Cardiologist Dr Ahmed Farag.

As part of Heart Awareness Month, our Consultant Cardiologist will be visiting ASDA Cockhedge with members of his team to give their shoppers a heart check! Pop along between 10am – 2pm, to their stand at the front of the shop for more advice and to find out what ‘Your Numbers are’.

Why is high blood pressure a health risk?

High blood pressure or hypertension as it is often known is when your readings are consistently 140 over 90 or higher. High blood pressure put extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Overtime, this extra strain increases the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Once diagnosed, high blood pressure can be very successfully managed with medicine or lifestyle changes.

If diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are steps to lower it:

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables – ideally more than five portions a day
  • Eat less than 6g of salt a day – check food labels and try not to add salt while    cooking or at the table
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes five times a week
  • Drink alcohol in moderation – 3-4 units a day for men, 2-3 units for women
  • Keep to the right weight for your height, and lose weight if you need to

Why is atrial fibrillation a health risk?

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality where by the heart beats erratically for a prolonged period of time. This poses serious health risk and can result in strokes.

If you don’t know your numbers or want to get them re-checked come along to ASDA Cockhedge on Saturday 17 February, 10am-2pm.

If you are unable to make it and have concerns about your blood pressure or heart rhythm call your GP surgery to make an appointment.

Published: 09/02/2018

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