Sir George launches National Blood Pressure Testing Week
19 Sep 2003
Sir George Young supported the Blood Pressure Association's National Blood Pressure Testing Week by having a free blood pressure test at a BPA 'Pressure Station' at the R K Sama Pharmacy in Oakley, Basingstoke.

The Blood Pressure Association - a national charity dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of blood pressure - runs a national blood pressure testing week every September, which this year runs from September 15-21.
During the week, members of the public can get a free blood pressure check at over 2000 specially set up 'Pressure Stations' including GP surgeries, hospitals, gyms, pharmacies - to name a few and pick up information on ways to lower their blood pressure - the main cause of all stroke and heart disease.
Chairman of the Blood Pressure Association and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at St George's Hospital in London, Graham MacGregor, says, " I am delighted that Sir George is supporting the national blood pressure testing week by getting his blood pressure checked at one of our 'Pressure Stations'. One in three people in the UK have got high blood pressure and a third of those don't even know they have it. These are alarming statistics because so many deaths and disabilities from stroke and heart disease could be prevented if only people were aware of the dangers of high blood pressure. I urge everyone to get a test during the national blood pressure testing week but also to make sure that they take steps to lower their blood pressure - whatever the level."
"I am grateful to Mr Sarna for taking my blood pressure which, despite the Brent East by-election result, was normal. There are about 62,000 unecessary deaths from stroke and heart disease each year, because of poor blood pressure control. I hope this week will encourage people to have their pressure taken to see if they need to take some action. In some cases, it may just be a need to take regular exercise."

To find out your nearest 'Pressure Station' offering free testing during the week visit
www.bpassoc.org.uk



http://www.bpassoc.org.uk
Sir George under pressure with Mr Sarna
Sir George under pressure with Mr Sarna
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