To help celebrate Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 18-24 September 2017, Colne Health Centre Pharmacy is proud to be hosting one of the testing stations.
Volunteers hosting the Pressure Station at Colne Health Centre Pharmacy will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. We are therefore urging everyone to get their blood pressure checked for FREE.This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess 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.
With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 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.
What’s more, between 2008-2016, 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 quarter of these will be people under 75, that’s 70 people each day and most of these could have been prevented. 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, 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.
This comes as new analysis from Public Health England’s Heart Age Test shows that one in every ten men aged 50 (11%) has a heart age at least ten years older than they are and has a heightened risk of a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke at a younger age.
Tracy Howorth superintendent pharmacist says: “The message to everyone is 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.”
Shefalee Loth, Nutritionist at Blood Pressure UK says: “Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in younger patients with high blood pressure, often as a result of too much salt and poor diet. If you start making small changes to your lifestyle when you are young, such as eating less salt, more fruit and vegetable, taking more exercise and keeping to a healthy weight, you will stay healthier and prevent strokes and heart disease.”
Colne Health Centre Pharmacy is offering free blood pressure checks at the pharmacy from 18th September all week!
For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to: www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN