Free blood pressure check

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Patients in the area are being offered free blood pressure checks as part of Know Your Numbers Week from September 15-21.

South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging patients to know their numbers and visit to find their nearest pressure station.

Blood Pressure UK has over 1,000 ‘Pressure Stations’ offering free blood pressure checks.

The tests, which help patients review whether their blood pressure count is within a normal, high or low range, can play a significant role in reducing harm caused by heart attacks, strokes and other serious health complications resulting from high or low blood pressure.

The checks will be undertaken by fully qualified staff, with vital follow-up guidance given as necessary.

Dr Vindi Bhandal, of Sleaford Medical Group and chairman of NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG, said: “An alarming 30 per cent of people in the UK are affected by high blood pressure but most of the time they will not know it. Yet it’s responsible for causing very serious illnesses including heart attacks, which can be fatal.

“Having a blood pressure test can also help people to find out whether 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.”