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Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health England’s Director of Health and Wellbeing said: “High blood pressure is often symptomless, yet if untreated it can lead to serious health problems. Taking a simple test during this awareness week is a good opportunity to find out about your blood pressure, as a first step to improving your health. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your blood pressure such as losing weight, exercising more, eating a healthy diet and cutting down on salt.
"We know that more can be done to improve the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure in England. This is why Public Health England and partners will be setting out our support for more joint action later this year.”
Holly Whelan, CEO of HeartAge, said: “Our data shows that more than 60% of people who took the HeartAge test in the UK didn’t know their blood pressure numbers. We want to increase the number of people who know their blood pressure because the more accurate the numbers you put in to the HeartAge test, the more accurate your heart age result will be.
“HeartAge makes the health of your heart personally relevant and that’s important as independent clinical research has shown that people who know their heart age are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle and have improved health one year on. That’s why we support Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week.”
Laura Harris, Senior Marketing Officer (Prevention) for Stroke Prevention at The Stroke Association said: “High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke. We estimate that over half of all strokes in the UK are caused by high blood pressure.
“There are no symptoms of high blood pressure; getting tested is the only way to know if your numbers show you are may be at risk of stroke. It’s such a quick and painless thing to test and high blood pressure can often be lowered by making simple lifestyle changes.”
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chairman of Blood Pressure UK: “It’s great that so many organisations are taking part in Know Your Numbers! Week 2014. With our busy lifestyles, many people are unaware that they have high blood pressure, especially in the younger generation, so there is a real need to raise awareness.
“The free checks will be offered across the UK in pharmacies, supermarkets, libraries, hospitals, GP surgeries, health clubs, leisure centres and even football grounds. We are grateful to all the organisations that support this campaign as these free and quick checks could really be saving lives. We hope this year will be the busiest yet.”