People encouraged to check blood pressure

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GPs in Milton Keynes are supporting a national NHS campaign which aims to get more people checking their blood pressure.

The Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging people to find their nearest pharmacy offering free checks which will be undertaken by fully qualified medical staff, who will also give follow-up guidance if needed.

The call is part of Know Your Numbers Week which is running from Monday, September 16. People can find out more by visiting www.bloodpressureuk.org

Dr Nicola Smith, chair of MK CCG, said: “Knowing your blood pressure numbers really does count so we’d urge everyone to visit their local pharmacy to get their blood pressure levels tested during Know Your Numbers Week.

“About a third of people in the UK are affected by high blood pressure but most of the time they will not know it.

“People with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke and twice as likely to die from these as people with a normal blood pressure, so these simple checks really are important.

“Having a blood pressure test can also help people to find out if they have low blood pressure. In general low blood pressure is good news but in some cases it might be triggered by medicines or a long-term illness such as diabetes.”