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Blood Pressure and Healthy Hearts

In the Bradford district one in five people over the age of 65 dies from coronary heart disease, whilst one in two people will die of some form of vascular disease.

High blood pressure is one of the most common conditions in this country.  More than one in four adults in the UK have it, and we estimate that over 50,000 people in Bradford have undiagnosed high blood pressure … that’s enough people to fill Valley Parade football ground twice over!

If your blood pressure is too high, it can do massive damage. It narrows the blood vessels and can lead to strokes and heart attacks, as well as angina, heart failure, kidney failure and narrowed arteries in the legs.

Taking just five minutes to find out your blood pressure could save your life! You can get your blood pressure taken by your practice nurse, pharmacist or you can take it yourself with an at home blood pressure monitor.

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Physical Activity

A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood. It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure. It’s also great for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers.

A brisk 10 minute walk every day is a great excuse to get outside and improve your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Brisk walking is simply walking quicker than usual at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

You could walk part of your journey home, pop to the shops on foot, or just get some fresh air. No gym memberships, no brightly coloured Lycra. Just 10 minutes and you!

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