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Get your blood pressure checked for free at Lincolnshire Co-operative pharmacies
Lincolnshire Co-operative will be asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' when it provides free blood pressure checks during Know your Numbers! Week (13-19 September).
32 of the Society's pharmacies are taking part in the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event organised by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.
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.
The Lincolnshire Co-operative pharmacies offering the checks are among around 1,400 official 'Pressure Stations' being held in pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, workplaces, and a wide range of community venues across the UK, all of which are offering free blood pressure checks during the charity's event.
The Society's Head of Pharmacy Alastair Farquhar said: "We're pleased to be supporting Know your Numbers! Week with the expertise of our pharmacists.
"Having your blood pressure checked is a quick, simple and painless test. Tackling high blood pressure can help prevent a range of serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and even blindness.
"We hope lots of people will take this opportunity and have a free blood pressure check at their local Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy. It really could be a life-saver."
Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We're delighted that Lincolnshire Co-operative is taking free blood pressure testing to the UK public as part of this year's Know your Numbers! Week.
"We're asking people across the nation 'Are you gambling with your health?' because three quarters of UK adults are completely unaware of their blood pressure numbers. We want everyone to lower their odds of stroke and heart attack by having a free blood pressure check during the week."
To find out more about the campaign, or to find your nearest Lincolnshire Co-operative pharmacy for your free blood pressure check, visit the Know your Numbers! website or call 020 8772 4994, or visit www.lincolnshire.coop. The BPA also has a range of resources available to health professionals year round to help with blood pressure detection and management.
Notes to Editors:
- For more information on Know your Numbers! Week or on high blood pressure, contact Anna Cureton in the Blood Pressure Association's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For further information on Lincolnshire Co-operative, to arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview with a pharmacist, contact PR Manager Emma Snedden on 01522 781175.
- 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.
- Lincolnshire Co-operative has around 180,000 members in Lincolnshire and Newark and employs more than 2,700 staff. The Society runs over 200 outlets across the trading area including 45 pharmacies. Other services include foodstores, filling stations, post offices, coffee shops, travel agencies, funeral services, home stores and Holland Brothers Jaguar dealerships.