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Shoppers to get free blood pressure check
28/08/2008

Bargain hunters at Stockton Market can shop for goods and have a free blood pressure test on Wednesday 10 September as part of the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event Know your Numbers! Week 2008.

Staff from Stockton-on-Tees Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be encouraging people to take advantage of a free blood pressure check from 9am – 5pm at the market in the High Street.

The venue will be among 22 official ‘Pressure Stations’ offering free blood pressure checks across Teesside during the week-long campaign run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association from 8-14 September.

Health professionals will be on hand to give people a free blood pressure check and information from the Blood Pressure Association, explaining what the numbers mean and giving tips on how to lower blood pressure.

16 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure, which undetected or uncontrolled can lead to strokes, heart attacks and heart failure. The condition is treatable and preventable, yet a third of these people are unaware they have high blood pressure because it doesn’t have obvious symptoms.

Kath Bullock, Public Health Practitioner from Stockton-on-Tees Teaching PCT, said: "We know that too many people don’t have their blood pressure checked regularly, so we have decided to bring the blood pressure checks to people in a convenient location. We hope that lots of people will come along for a free check to reduce their risk of stroke or heart problems."

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: "We are delighted that Stockton-on-Tees Teaching PCT is taking part in Know your Numbers! Week 2008 and taking free blood pressure checks out into the community to help reach those who may not normally have a check.

"To raise awareness during this year’s campaign we are asking ‘Are you at risk from the ticking time bomb?’ Uncontrolled high blood pressure is like a hidden time bomb which can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure. So take control and reduce your risk of the silent killer by having a free blood pressure check during Know you Numbers! Week. It’s quick, free and painless and could save your life."

To find out more about the Know your Numbers! campaign, or for a free blood pressure information pack, visit the Know your Numbers! website at www.bpassoc.org.uk/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 (11am-3pm, Mon-Fri).

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Notes to Editors:

List of the other official ‘Pressure Stations’ offering free blood pressure checks on Teesside during Know your Numbers! week.

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 mgederon@sgul.ac.uk.

For further information on blood pressure checks at Stockton Market, to arrange for your reporter to have their blood pressure checked, or for a photo or interview please contact Phil Sandford, Communications Manager on 01642 352544, or email phil.sandford@middlesbroughpct.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. Visit our website at www.bpassoc.org.uk, call the main office on 020 8772 4994 or contact our information line on 0845 241 0989.



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