Free blood pressure checks

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 10 May 2010

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PEACE of mind is on offer at Saffron Walden Community Hospital on Thursday and Friday (September 11-12), when free blood checks are taking place. The Blood Pressure Association (BPA) is encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked as part of th

PEACE of mind is on offer at Saffron Walden Community Hospital on Thursday and Friday (September 11-12), when free blood checks are taking place.

The Blood Pressure Association (BPA) is encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked as part of this year's 'Know Your Numbers! Week'.

High blood pressure - hypertension - can have a devastating effect on a person's health, causing strokes, heart attacks and heart failure, as well as kidney disease and dementia. Over 10,000 people in Uttlesford are diagnosed with hypertension, representing more than 13 per cent of the district's population.

Many more are likely to have the condition without realising, which is why the BPA is keen for as many people as possible to take part in the free checks in Saffron Walden.

Hospital nurse Melanie Grout said: "The BPA's Know Your Numbers! Week 2008 is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the dangers of high blood pressure. We hope that local people will come along to our pressure station for a free blood pressure check to know their numbers and then lower them if they need to."

You can have your blood pressure checked at the hospital between 9am and 12pm.


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