Sir George Young MP supported the BPA National “Know Your Numbers!” Week by having a free blood pressure test at a BPA 'Pressure Station' at Lloyds Pharmacy, Newbury Street, Whitchurch
The Blood Pressure Association - the 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 12-18.
During the week, members of the public can get a free blood pressure check at over 2000 specially set up 'Pressure Stations' at locations including GP surgeries, hospitals, gyms, and pharmacies where they can also pick up information on high blood pressure - the main cause of all stroke and heart disease.
"I am delighted to be supporting this campaign by getting a free blood pressure check during “Know Your Numbers!” Week here in Whitchurch. One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure but a third of people with the condition are completely unaware. I urge everyone to get a test during the BPA National Blood Pressure Testing Week."
"Happily, my reading was OK"
To find out your nearest 'Pressure Station' offering free testing during the week visit www.bpassoc.org.uk or call the BPA on 020 8772 4994
For more information:
Edward Higgins 020 8772 4984 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blood Pressure Association is the only UK-wide registered charity dedicated to preventing death and disability from stroke and heart disease caused by high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is defined as a level greater than 140/90mmHg
There are 16 million people in the UK with high blood pressure. Of these, 1/3 (5.3 million people) do not know they have the condition and of those who do, only 10% (1.6 million people) have their blood pressure controlled to target levels.
High blood pressure – a preventable and manageable condition – is the direct cause of half of all strokes and heart attacks in the UK. Failure to control blood pressure to target levels results in 62,000 unnecessary deaths every year.
Recent statistics show that 31.7% of men and 29.5% of women in the UK adult population has high blood pressure (Health Survey for England, 2003).
The BPA holds a range of case studies, young and old, that have high blood pressure and are available for interview.