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More than 3,000 Pressure Stations provided free blood pressure checks during Know your Numbers Week! 2008. These stations, run by healthcare professionals, were located nationwide, from City Hall in London to a village hall on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.
Celebrities including actors Prunella Scales, Timothy West, presenter Michael Aspel, Rudolph Walker (Eastenders), Angela Wynter (Eastenders) and Ashley Waters (actor, singer and former So Solid Crew member) backed the event.
During Know your Numbers! Week 2008, we asked: "Are you at risk from the blood pressure time bomb?"
Most people with high blood pressure do not have signs or symptoms: the only way to know is to have a blood pressure check. This means that undiagnosed high blood pressure, a potentially life threatening condition, is like a 'ticking time bomb'.
We urged, and continue to urge, everyone to have a free blood pressure check, and take that first step to reducing their risk of stroke and heart attack.
The Blood Pressure Association would like to thank everyone who took part in Know your Numbers! 2008.