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NHS Bradford and Airedale offers free blood pressure checks in Bradford and Keighley

NHS Bradford and Airedale, in partnership with Bradford Communities Health Services and local pharmacies, will be asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' during this year’s Know your Numbers! Week (13-19 September).

Centenary Square in Bradford town centre is among around 1,400 official 'Pressure Stations' offering free blood pressure checks as part of the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event run 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 to have regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be very successfully managed.

NHS Bradford and Airedale will be offering free blood pressure checks at:

  • Monday 13th September, 12.00pm-4.30pm
    Netto, on Canterbury Avenue Bradford
  • Tuesday 14th September, 12.00pm-4.30pm
    Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley
  • Tuesday14th September, 10.30am-3.30pm
    Keighley Market, Keighley
  • Wednesday 15th September, 12.00pm- 4.30pm
    Girlington Morrison's, Thornton Rd, Bradford
  • Thursday 16th September, 12.00pm- 4.30pm
    Centenary Square, Bradford Town Centre
  • Thursday 16th September, 10.30am-3.30pm
    Keighley Market, Keighley
  • Friday 17th September, 2.00pm-4.30pm
    Shearbridge Mosque, Shearbridge Road BD7 1NX
  • Friday 17th September, 12.00-4.30pm
    Asda, Keighley

Mohammed Sharif, Community Health Development Worker at NHS Bradford and Airedale, said: "If people have the right information about high blood pressure, they can prevent the onset of heart disease and stroke. By encouraging people to know their numbers, we can target high blood pressure in Bradford and Keighley and offer people advice on how to reduce it."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We are delighted NHS Bradford and Airedale is taking part in Know your Numbers! Week 2010, highlighting the importance of knowing your blood pressure numbers.

"During this year's campaign, we're asking 'Are you gambling with your health?' and we hope everyone will take advantage of the free blood pressure checks to lower their odds of stroke and heart attack."

To find out more about the campaign visit the Know your Numbers! website at http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/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 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm).

Notes to Editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week, or for facts, figures, quotes and photos, contact Anna Cureton in the Blood Pressure Association's Press Office on 020 8772 4993/4984, or email acureton@sgul.ac.uk
  • For further information on NHS Bradford and Airedale, to arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview, please contact Mohammed Sharif at NHS Bradford and Airedale on 07855832452, or email: mohammed.sharif@bradford.nhs.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. For more information visit the charity's main website or call 020 8772 4994.
  • NHS Bradford and Airedale is the local leader of health across the district. The NHS Bradford and Airedale primary objective is to address health inequalities locally and improve the quality of services and to make sure that health care is available for everyone who needs it. 

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