Know your numbers and get your blood pressure checked for FREE
Published: Friday, 7th September 2018
Hounslow Council is urging residents to get their blood pressure checked free as part of the Know Your Numbers! Week.
The council’s Public Health commissioned service, One You Hounslow, is offering free blood pressure checks as part of the national campaign “Know Your Numbers”. These will be held at special “pressure stations” around the borough from Monday 10 September to Sunday 16 September.
Volunteers and One You Hounslow Health Advisors who are trained in checking blood pressure are hosting the Pressure Station at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN and at other venues across the borough, will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure blood pressure accurately.
Get your blood pressure checks here:
- Hounslow Library, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN – Mon 10 Sept, 11am – 3pm
- Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health, 92 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EL – Tues 11 Sept, 11am – 1pm
- ASDA, Tilley Road, Feltham TW13 4BH – Wed 12 Sept, 10am – 12 noon
- AGE UK, Southville Community Centre, Southville Road, Feltham TW14 8AP – Wed 12 Sept, 1pm – 5pm
- Hounslow Library, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN – Fri 14 Sept, 11am – 3pm
Blood Pressure UK has issued warnings that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and an excess of 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.
Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging the local public, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.
The need for Know Your Numbers!
One in three adults in the UK (16 million) has high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is the biggest known cause of premature death and disability in the UK due to the strokes, heart attacks and heart disease it causes. It is also a risk factor for kidney disease and dementia.
More than five million people don't know they have high blood pressure - that's why it's called the silent killer.
Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not having enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council, said:
“We want to encourage all family members to check their blood pressure and learn about the risks of having high blood pressure.
“Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death.
“Having your blood pressure checked is simple, quick and painless and it’s an easy way to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”
For more info, visit www.oneyouhounslow.org