Queen Margaret University Sports Centre is urging its students to get their blood pressure checked for FREE as part of Know Your Numbers! Week – the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from 18-24 September 2017.
Volunteers hosting the Pressure Station at Queen Margaret University Sports Centre will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately.
Queen Margaret University Sports Centre is offering free blood pressure checks at: The Sports Centre Reception at the following dates and times:
- Monday 18th September between 8am-12pm & 2pm-8pm
- Tuesday 19th September between 8am-12pm & 2pm-5.30pm
- Wednesday 20th September between 8am-12pm & 2pm-8pm
- Thursday 21st September between 8am-12pm & 2pm-5.30pm
- Friday 22nd September between 8am-12pm & 2pm-6pm
- Saturday 23rd September between 9am-10.30am & 12pm-3pm
- Sunday 24th September between 9am-10.30am & 12pm-3pm
This comes as charity, Blood Pressure UK cautions that ignoring health warnings, particularly about poor diet and excess salt intake, is leading more young people to develop hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) – putting them at risk of having an early stroke.
Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased, despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging the local public, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.
With unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet contributing to more young people in their 30s, 40s and 50s being diagnosed with hypertension, around 1 in 3 people in the UK are now living with high blood pressure (the single biggest cause of death) – with 6.5 million people still remaining undiagnosed.
What’s more, between 2008-2016, around 5% of all deaths in working age men were due to stroke whilst for women the figure was 2%.
In September alone, around 15,000 people in the UK will die from a heart attack or stroke. A quarter of these will be people under 75, that’s 125 people every day and most of these could have been prevented. A further 125 people a day will have a heart attack or stroke and survive, half of whom will have life changing disabilities.
Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not enough exercise.
High blood pressure, which is almost entirely preventable, was responsible for approximately 75,000 deaths in the UK in 2015, and costs the NHS billions every year.