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Free blood pressure checks for Wolverhampton residents during Know your Numbers! Week
02/09/2010

Wolverhampton residents can get a free, quick and easy blood pressure checks when the city's pharmacies take part in Know your Numbers! Week, from 13-19 September.

Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust and 62 pharmacies across the city are taking part in the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association.

Wolverhampton's pharmacies are among almost 1,400 official 'Pressure Stations' offering free blood pressure checks during the week. Pressure Stations across the UK include pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, work places, and other community venues.

This year the Blood Pressure Association is asking local residents 'Are you gambling with your health?' because three quarters of adults don't know their blood pressure numbers and so are taking an unnecessary gamble with their health.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes stroke and heart attack, and it's a symptomless condition, so the only way to find out if you have it is to have regular blood pressure checks. However, once detected, it can be very successfully managed.

David Birch, Senior Pharmaceutical Adviser at Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust said: "It couldn’t be easier to have a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week, with over 60 pharmacies across the city taking part.

"I hope as many local residents as possible will get their blood pressure tested and take that first step on the road to good heart health."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We're delighted that so many Wolverhampton pharmacies are taking part in this year's Know your Numbers! Week.

"Lack of awareness over blood pressure can cause death and disability so I hope all Wolverhampton residents will lower their odds of stroke and heart attack by having a free blood pressure check."


Notes to Editors:

  • For more information on Know your Numbers! Week or on high blood pressure, contact Anna in 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.
    For more information visit the charity's main website or call head office on 020 8772 4994.


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