Know your numbers with a free blood pressure check!
Organised by Blood Pressure UK, Know Your Numbers Week is designed to educate people about the health complications associated with high blood pressure. It's also about encouraging us to monitor our blood pressure - in short, to get to know our numbers!
The event, which won the healthcare category of The Charity Awards 2008, provides free blood pressure checks at thousands of 'Pressure Stations' run by health professionals all over the UK.
While the condition may be without symptoms, high blood pressure is the underlying cause of serious problems such as heart attack and stroke. It’s also one of the main factors in heart and kidney disease. Each year 125,000 adults in the UK have a heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure – so it’s something you can’t afford to ignore.
The Blood Pressure UK website has a quick search to see where you can get a free blood pressure test. It also has a short quiz to help you self-assess the impact your lifestyle has on your blood pressure. Visit www.bloodpressureuk.org for more information.