A campaign is offering free blood pressure checks for people over 40.

The NHS in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) is supporting May Measurement Month initiative, a worldwide public health campaign aimed at increasing awareness of high blood pressure and its dangers.

The campaign provides the check at local community pharmacies nationwide.

During the check, the individual's blood pressure is taken and then analysed for any cause of concern.

If a high blood pressure diagnosis is made, steps will be advised, such as making an appointment with a GP.

High blood pressure, if left untreated, can result in heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and vascular dementia.

Dr Heike Veldtman, cardiovascular disease lead for the area, said: “High blood pressure is a very common condition that can have very serious consequences if left untreated.

"Most people who have it, may not even be aware. The good news is however that it is completely treatable.

"With early detection it can be managed with simple lifestyle changes for many, but there will be some who need lifestyle changes and medication.

“Home blood pressure machines are now easily available online and in stores.

"Or you can have a blood pressure check at your local community pharmacy, some libraries or arrange for your NHS Health check if you have not had one.

“Well controlled blood pressure saves lives.”