KYN 2009

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Could you be the one in three?

Know your Numbers! Week 2009, the nation's biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association, took place from 7-13 September 2009.

To raise awareness during this year's event, the Blood Pressure Association asked "Could YOU be the one in three?"

High blood pressure affects a third of UK adults, yet millions have no idea that they have the condition. It's symptomless, and left untreated, can cause stroke and heart attack.

To help tackle this, nearly 1,500 venues, known as Pressure Stations, offered free blood pressure checks at community and workplace venues nationwide. Participants included well-known high street, supermarket and independent pharmacies, major employers spanning construction, energy, retail and manufacturing, along with a wide range of NHS and public sector organisations.

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: "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. The good news is that once detected, there's lots that we can do to lower it."

"We'd like to thank the hundreds of organisations which have signed up to take part in the event. Together we can help those at risk to control their blood pressure - for life."

UK blood pressure results 2009

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