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Know your Numbers! 2010 set for World Record

A World Record breaking blood pressure attempt is among a host of activities taking place during Know your Numbers! Week 2010 (13-19 September), run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Free and convenient blood pressure checks will be available at more than 1,400 'Pressure Stations' nationwide at high street and supermarket pharmacies, shopping centres, markets, bingo halls and other community venues taking part in the charity's week-long event.

One of the highlights will be a World Record blood pressure attempt being launched in Cardiff on Wednesday (15) by Rhodri Morgan AM and former First Minister, with backing from TV weather presenter Siân Lloyd.

Nurses and volunteers from Caer Health Services will be working non-stop in St David’s shopping centre to take more than 2,075 different blood pressures within just eight hours. To break the current Guinness World Record, which was recorded in Oviedo, Florida in 2009, they’ll need to check at least 13 people each per hour!

With venues as diverse as Centenary Square in Bradford, Beacon Bingo in Lowestoft, the Sikh Resource Centre in Bristol and Gainsborough's market square, and there's no excuse not to pop to one of our 1,400 Pressure Stations for your free blood pressure check.

One in three UK adults have high blood pressure, yet almost three quarters of UK adults don’t know their blood pressure numbers, according to research from the Blood Pressure Association. As the leading cause of stroke and heart attack this symptomless condition is a ‘silent killer’, and the only way to detect risk is with regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be successfully managed.

Sue Massey, Deputy Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: “Too many people across the UK are taking a gamble with their health. One in three UK adults have high blood pressure yet only a quarter know their blood pressure numbers. That's why we are encouraging everyone to have a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week 2010 and take that first step to lowering their odds of stroke and heart attack.

"This year also sees the Blood Pressure Association's 10th anniversary so we are really excited to be attempting the Guinness World Record. Making it into the record books will be a great way to highlight the importance of having regular blood pressure checks to stroke and heart disease."

Find your nearest venue offering free blood pressure checks from 13-19 September by using our Pressure Station Finder

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