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Free blood pressure tests to boost health

Free blood pressure tests to boost health

14 September 2017
Blood Pressure tests

Residents throughout the borough are being urged to boost their health in a special blood pressure awareness week.


As part of the nation-wide Know Your Numbers! Week Wokingham Borough Council is hosting pressure stations where people can get their blood pressure checked for free.


This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK has warned unhealthy lifestyles is leading to more young people developing hypertension (high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke.


Darrell Gale, consultant in public health, Wokingham Borough Council, said: “We want people to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked free of charge.


“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.”


‘Know your numbers’ is the UK’sbiggest free blood pressure testing.


There will be ‘Pressure Stations’ hosted throughout the country providing the free tests plus information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control.


Figures show the number of strokes in people aged 25 to 64 has increased despite an overall drop in the number of strokes.


Unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet are contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension.


And one in three people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million people still remaining undiagnosed.


Between 2008 and 2016 around 5% of all deaths in working age men were due to stroke whilst for women the figure was 2%.


In September alone, almost 9,000 people in the UK will die from a heart attack or stroke.


A further 70 people a day will have a heart attack or stroke and survive, half of whom will have life changing disabilities. 


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


High blood pressure, which is almost entirely preventable, was responsible for approximately 75,000 deaths in the UK in 2015, and costs the NHS billions every year.


 “Know your Numbers is a fantastic way of raising awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and monitoring your blood pressure,” said Cllr Julian McGhee-Sumner, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for adults’ services, health, wellbeing and housing.


“I hope as many borough residents as possible take advantage of the free blood pressure testing stations that will be open through the week.”


Wokingham Borough Councilis offering free blood pressure at the following venues:


Monday 18 September                              

Shute End, 12 – 2.30pm

Loddon Valley Leisure centre, 9am – 9pm

Tuesday 19 September                      

Shute End, 12 – 2.30pm    

St Crispin’s School, 9am – 9pm


Wednesday 20 September                          

Shute End, 12 – 2.30pm    

Bulmershe School, 9am – 9pm


Thursday 21 September                          

Shute End, 12 – 2.30pm    

Carnival Pool, 9am – 9pm


Friday 22 September

Loddon Valley Leisure centre, 9am – 9pm


Saturday 23 September

Woodley Town Centre, 9am – 3pm


Sunday 24 September

Bulmershe School, 9am – 4pm

Carnival Pool, 9am – 4pm