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‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3?’ says MediCare Pharmacy
05/09/2009

MediCare Pharmacy will be asking local residents ‘Could YOU be the 1 in 3 who has high blood pressure?’ when it provides free blood pressure checks from September 7-13 as part of Know your Numbers! Week.

20 MediCare pharmacies across Northern Ireland are taking part in the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

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 has no symptoms.

Untreated high blood pressure causes stroke, heart attack and heart failure. However, once diagnosed, the condition can be very successfully managed.

MediCare Pharmacy is among around 1,500 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.

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: “High blood pressure affects a third of UK adults, yet millions have no idea that they have the condition. That’s why this year we’re asking ‘Could YOU be in the 1 in 3?’

“We want to save the thousands of lives lost each year to stroke and heart attack caused by high blood pressure, and a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week is an excellent first step to lifelong healthy blood pressure.”

To find out more about the campaign, visit the Know your Numbers! website at http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/kyn or call 020 8772 4994. The BPA 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 the Blood Pressure Association’s Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984 or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • 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. The charity won the healthcare category of The Charity Awards 2008 for its work on the Know your Numbers! campaign. For more information visit the charity’s main website at www.bpassoc.org.uk or call head office on 020 8772 4994.


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