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Anna Soubry MP for Broxtowe backs Know your Numbers! Week
Anna Soubry MP for Broxtowe is asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' when she supports Know your Numbers! Week 2010, run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.
Anna is highlighting the importance of getting a free blood pressure check during the nation's biggest annual blood pressure testing event, which runs from 13-19 September.
She is having her check at Manor Pharmacy in Beeston, which is one of 1,400 venues across the UK which are offering free and convenient blood pressure checks during Know your Numbers! Week.
Research from the Blood Pressure Association has revealed almost three quarters of adults do not know their blood pressure numbers. This ignorance means they are taking an unnecessary gamble with their health, as uncontrolled high blood pressure causes stroke and heart attack.
One in three UK adults have high blood pressure. It's a symptomless condition – a 'silent killer' – so the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is have regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be successfully managed.
Anna Soubry said: "I'm getting my blood pressure checked and supporting the Blood Pressure Association's Know your Numbers! Week because it's vital that people realise the importance of good blood pressure health. I hope everyone living in the Broxtowe constituency will take the opportunity to stop by for their free and convenient blood pressure check."
Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We want to save the thousands of lives lost each year to stroke and heart attack caused by high blood pressure, and we're delighted that Anna Soubry MP is supporting Know your Numbers! Week."
David Evans, Superintendent Pharmacist at Manor Pharmacy, said: "We are happy to support the Know your Numbers! campaign again this year. We hope local people will take advantage of this service and reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease. The blood pressure check is quick, free and painless and could save your life."
To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website or if you have a question about high blood pressure, call the Blood Pressure Association's Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm).
Notes to Editors:
- For more information on Know your Numbers! Week or on high blood pressure, contact the Blood Pressure Association's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For further information on Anna Soubry, or for a photo or interview, please email email@example.com or call Kate on 0115 9436507.
- The Blood Pressure Association is the UK's leading blood pressure charity working to lower the nation's blood pressure. The charity provides information and support for people with high blood pressure and raises awareness to prevent the condition.
For more information visit the charity's main website or call head office on 020 8772 4994 or contact our Information Line on 0845 241 0989.