Tom Brake calls on local residents to take part in Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Number! Week

Residents from Carshalton and Wallington are being urged by their local MP, Tom Brake, to make time for their health by taking part in Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Number!’ Week from the 14th to the 20th September 2015.

A surveyfrom the charity Blood Pressure UK has revealed that one in three people haven’t had their blood pressure checked in the last year as they don’t think high blood pressure affects them.  Yet just a couple of minutes spent thinking about health could save their life.

 

Commenting, Tom Brake MP said:

“I urge all my constituents to drop in to a Pressure Station near them to have a free blood pressure check. We all need to put our own health and that of our family back on the agenda and make time for it. This includes knowing our blood pressure numbers.”

 

The independent survey of over 1000 Britons also showed that out of those people who hadn’t had their blood pressure taken in the last year, 25% don’t even consider it as a health issue.

The Know Your Numbers! campaign is the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing event.  It is in its fourteenth year, and this year aims to highlight that in the time it takes to boil a kettle, you could have taken a blood pressure reading which might save your life. A shocking 16 million people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure, which is the biggest risk factor for stroke and heart attacks, yet 63% did not know their blood pressure numbers.

 

Katharine Jenner, Chief Executive of Blood Pressure UK, added:

“It’s great that Tom Brake is supporting Know Your Numbers! Week 2015. With so much happening in our lives it is often difficult to find the time to prioritise our health, but a quick free check of your blood pressure could be all it takes to prevent more serious issues developing later for members of Carshalton and Wallington constituency.”

 

For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to: www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN

To find your nearest check visit:http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck.  If your local pharmacy is not on the list, check with your pharmacist whether they can carry out the test.

 

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