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Dr Julian Lewis MP backs blood pressure health during Know your Numbers! Week

Julian Lewis MP has his blood pressure checked

Julian Lewis MP has his blood pressure checked

Dr Julian Lewis MP for New Forest East is asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' when he supports Know your Numbers! Week 2010, run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Julian will be visiting Day Lewis Pharmacy, Marchwood to have his blood pressure checked by Pharmacy Manager Anne Hoult.

He is highlighting the importance of getting a free check during the nation's biggest annual blood pressure testing event, which runs from 13-19 September. This Day Lewis pharmacy is one 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.

Dr Lewis 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 New Forest East constituency will take the opportunity to stop by for their free, and potentially life-saving, blood pressure check."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We're delighted that Julian is having his free blood pressure check at Day Lewis Pharmacy in Marchwood.

"Knowing your blood pressure numbers is as important as knowing your height and weight, and is one of the first steps on the road to lifelong good heart health."

Peter Glover, Superintendent Pharmacist at Day Lewis Pharmacy, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for people in the local community who may never have cause to visit their doctor to have their blood pressure checked quickly and conveniently.  The potential outcomes are not only a longer life but a better quality of life, both now and in their later years."

To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website at http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/kyn 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 acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • For further information on Dr Julian Lewis MP, or for a photo or interview, please call 02380 814817.
  • 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 call head office on 020 8772 4994 or contact our Information Line on 0845 241 0989.

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