East Durham residents are being urged to make time for their health by taking part in Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Number! Week’.
A survey from the charity Blood Pressure UK has revealed that a shocking 33 per cent of people have not had their blood pressure checked in the last year as they don’t think it affects them.
Despite this, just a couple of minutes spent thinking about health could save their life.
Now Easington MP Grahame Morris is putting his support behind the charity’s campaign.
He said: “I am supporting Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week from September 14 to 20 because each year 120,000 adults in the UK have a heart attack or stroke in which high blood pressure is a key factor – that’s a preventable stroke or heart attack happening every four minutes.
“It is shocking to realise that one in three adults has high blood pressure, yet eight million of us do not know and are not receiving treatment.
“This is a health issue that will affect many constituents, so I hope that as many people as possible have a free blood pressure check to reduce their risk.”
Katharine Jenner, Chief Executive of Blood Pressure UK, said: “It’s great that Grahame Morris MP 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 his constituency.
“We’re grateful to everyone who supports this campaign and want this year to be the busiest yet, so are urging everyone to stop by your local Pressure Station, GPs surgery, pharmacy, or by using a home blood pressure monitor.”
The independent survey of over 1,000 people also showed that out of those who had not had their blood pressure taken in the last year, 25 per cent don’t even consider it as a health issue.
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 checking facility, visit www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck