know your numbers week

FREE Blood Pressure Testing for Local Residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

Healthy Hearts is urging local residents in London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to get their blood pressure checked for FREE during Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 09-15 September 2019.

Staff hosting the Pressure Stations at multiple locations across The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately.

This comes as the charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke, especially when they don’t know their blood pressure numbers.

With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million[1] people still remaining undiagnosed.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not doing enough exercise.

 

Jimmy Rushworth, Referral Generation and Partnership Manager at Healthy Hearts says: “Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure. Make sure you visit one of our blood pressure stations (times and dates below) during Know Your Numbers! Week and get your blood pressure checked.”

Hemini Bharadia, Know Your Numbers! Week Campaign Manager says: “High blood pressure does not discriminate on age or gender – people are dying unnecessarily because they fail to take such simple steps to reduce their blood pressure. Know Your Numbers! Week is the perfect opportunity to have your blood pressure taken for free and put you in control of your health.”

 

Healthy Hearts is offering free blood pressure checks at:

Fulham Library – Tuesday, 10th of September

Hammersmith Library – Wednesday, 11th of September

[1] Using the 16 million figure from PHE for England this has been extrapolated to give a figure of 19 million for the UK.

 

For further information on where to find us during Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week call 20 3434 2500.

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