Make every second count this September

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Scottish People are spending more time worrying about their finances than their own health according to a survey undertaken by charity Blood Pressure UK.

As part of its ‘Know Your Numbers! Week’ campaign it found that money worries where what 35 per cent of people living in Scotland worry about, followed closely by their children, then their own health third, yet just a couple of minutes spent thinking about health could save their life.

In addition it revealed that a shocking 34 per cent of people haven’t had their blood pressure checked in the last year as they don’t think it affects them and 29 per cent don’t even consider high blood pressure as a health issue.

The Know Your Numbers! campaign is the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing event and this year’s aim is to highlight that in the time it takes to boil a kettle, you could have taken a blood pressure reading which might save your life. A shocking 16 million people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure, which is the biggest risk factor for stroke and heart attacks, yet 63 per cent did not know their blood pressure numbers.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman at Blood Pressure UK, said: “We wanted to find out what people were spending their time doing rather than spending time thinking about their health and checking their blood pressure. This year we are urging everyone in Scotland to make every second count - it’s quick, free, painless, and could save your life.

“Over half of the estimated 16 million people in the UK living with high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition, as it is symptomless. The only way to ‘Know Your Numbers’ is to have a blood pressure test at one of our free Pressure Stations in your area, your GP, local pharmacy, or by using a home blood pressure monitor”.

High blood pressure is the UK’s biggest silent killer, responsible for 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease and dementia. Volunteers hosting the ‘Pressure Stations’ provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control.

Katharine Jenner, chief executive of Blood Pressure UK, added: “With so much happening in our lives it is often difficult to find the time to prioritise our health, but a quick free check of your blood pressure could be all it takes to prevent more serious issues developing later on in life.

“We’re grateful to everyone who supports this campaign and want this year to be the busiest yet, so are urging everyone to stop by your local pharmacy, local Pressure Station, GPs surgery or by using a home blood pressure monitor.”

For further information on Blood Pressure UK and Know Your Numbers! Week, go to: www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/AboutKYN

To find your nearest check visit www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck