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Bexhill and Battle MP put to the Test
Gregory Barker MP has his blood pressure tested - Photo by Maytyra Tiren -
Gregory Barker MP has his blood
- Photo by Maytyra Tiren -
Gregory Barker MP for Bexhill and Battle is asking local residents ‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3 who has high blood pressure?’ when he supports Know your Numbers! Week 2009, run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.
Gregory is visiting Day Lewis Pharmacy in Battle High Street on Friday 5 September to have his blood pressure checked and to highlight the importance of getting a free check during the nation’s biggest annual blood pressure testing event, which runs from 7-13 September.
One in three adults in the UK – that’s 16 million – have high blood pressure, yet a third of those who have the condition don’t even know because it’s symptomless.
Untreated it can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure, but once it’s diagnosed high blood pressure can be very successfully managed.
Local residents can have a free blood pressure check at Day Lewis Pharmacy in Battle, Marsh Pharmacy, St Leonards Road, Bexhill-On-Sea or two other Day Lewis pharmacies in Hastings (Parkstone Parade, and Mount Pleasant Road) which are taking part in the week-long charity event.
They are among around 1,500 ‘Pressure Stations’ nationwide, including health clubs, pharmacies, supermarkets and shopping centres, and other community venues offering free checks to all adults during Know your Numbers! Week.
Gregory Barker MP 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 all Battle and Bexhill residents will take the opportunity to stop by for their quick, free and convenient blood pressure check during the Week.”
Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: “Of those people tested in Sussex during last year’s Know your Numbers! Week, at least 67 per cent did not know their blood pressure numbers and 39 per cent had high blood pressure readings. So there is every reason for residents to have a free blood pressure check during this year’s Know your Numbers! Week and take that first step to lifelong healthy blood pressure.”
To find out where you can have your nearest free blood pressure check visit www.bpassoc.org.uk/kyn or call 020 8772 4994. If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to someone over the phone, call the Blood Pressure Association’s Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (11am-3pm, Mon-Fri).
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 email@example.com