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Know your numbers campaign - Blood Pressure Checks

Published Wednesday, 07 September 2011

NHS Enfield and Enfield Council is among those supporting official ‘Pressure Stations’ by taking part in the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event run by UK charity The Blood Pressure Association. The pressure stations are located at Aqua Chemists, Edmonton, MK Shah Pharmacy, Enfield and Boots in Edmonton.

To help support the campaign a coffee morning will be held on 14th September 2011 at 10.30 am at Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Road, Enfield. If you would like to attend please contact Julie Boyd 020 8379 5352 on or e-mail Julie.Boyd@enfield.nhs.uk

All are welcome and free blood pressure checks will take place at this enjoyable event.

A shocking 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and a third of them have no idea as it has no symptoms. That’s around 5 million people whose lives are actually at risk because they don’t know their numbers.

Cllr Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Public Health said “It is important to check your blood pressure as if you are found to have high blood pressure there are a number of things you can do to help yourself, like stopping smoking, changing your food to a low fat option, eating a low salt diet, cutting down on alcohol and taking up physical activity.

“You may need medication if your pressure is too high, but the most important thing is that you find out early that there is a problem so you can discuss ways of dealing with it with your doctor.
 
“Come along to the coffee morning on Wednesday and have your pressure checked, if you can’t make the morning then pop along to any one of the participating chemists at any time they are open - it’s wise to know your numbers."

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