Members of the public are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked during the national blood pressure awareness week – Know Your Numbers (15 – 21 September 2014).
North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the organisation that plans and buys health services across the region – is advising residents to visit their local pressure station for a FREE blood pressure test.
Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure affects around 30 per cent of people across England. Often going undetected until far too late, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke or even death.
A simple blood pressure test at one of the CCG’s 29 GP practices will tell patients if their blood pressure is normal, high or low.
Dr David Kelly, GP and Chair of North Kirklees CCG said: “High blood pressure is one of the largest causes of premature death and disability due to the potentially fatal strokes, heart attacks, heart failure or even kidney failure it causes.
“However, it is largely preventable, over 120,000 heart attacks and strokes a year in the UK could be avoided if people lowered their blood pressure – the first step is a simple, painless, free, two minute test.”
To find your local Blood Pressure UK station visit www.bloodpressureuk.org.