Know your numbers - Does Swindons MP

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Know your numbers - Does Swindon's MP?
03/09/2009

A local fitness club is raising awareness of the growing problem of hypertension by offering free blood pressure checks in conjunction with the Blood Pressure Association’s Know Your Numbers! campaign.

Fit4less, on Eldene Drive, is offering free tests for all members of the public between 7th & 13th September in a bid to encourage local people to understand the benefits of regular exercise at home, outside or at any leisure facility. To support their efforts, local MP Michael Wills has agreed to have his own blood pressure checked on Saturday 12th September at 12.45pm.

Mr Wills said: “Getting regular blood pressure checks is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so I am pleased to support the Blood Pressure Association’s Know Your Numbers Campaign by getting my own blood pressure checked. I hope residents will also be able to take advantage of these free checks to ensure their blood pressure is within a healthy range.”

High blood pressure affects a third of UK adults, yet millions have no idea that they have the condition. It's symptomless, and, if untreated, can cause stroke and heart attack. To raise awareness during this year's Know Your Numbers! week, the Blood Pressure Association is asking "Could YOU be the one in three?"

General manager at Fit4less, Ben Palmer understands the benefits regular exercise has on reducing hypertension; he said: “The buildup of blood pressure can be result of many factors, including a poor diet and fitness regime. Before we can help people, they need to help themselves. By having a very quick blood pressure check, they can find out in minutes whether they fall into the category of high blood pressure or not. From then, we can offer our expertise; however we would always refer them to their local GP.”

Blood pressure facts:

  • 1 in 3 adults in the UK has high blood pressure.
  • Only a third are aware they have the condition.
  • High blood pressure rarely has any symptoms - that's why it's called the silent killer.
  • The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.
  • High blood pressure causes 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks.
  • High blood pressure is a major risk factor for kidney disease and dementia.

For further information about the Know Your Numbers! campaign, visit http://www.bpassoc.org.uk/ or to have your blood pressure checked and for advice of reducing it, contact Fit4less on 01793 421616 or visit http://www.f4l.com/.



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