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Watton mayor knows her numbers

PUBLISHED: 09:56 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:24 08 July 2010

MAYOR of Watton, Councillor Margaret Holmes, joined Total Health Pharmacy in Watton for a free blood pressure test as part of the Blood Pressure Associations's annual Know Your Numbers Week.

MAYOR of Watton, Councillor Margaret Holmes, joined Total Health Pharmacy in Watton for a free blood pressure test as part of the Blood Pressure Associations's annual Know Your Numbers Week.

One in three adults in the UK - that's 16 million - have high blood pressure, yet a third of those who have the condition don't even know because it has no symptoms. Untreated it can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure, but once it's diagnosed high blood pressure can be very successfully managed.

Geoff Ray, pharmacist at Total Health Pharmacy said: “We would encourage everybody to have regular blood pressure checks, especially those who feel they are perfectly healthy and have no other reason to visit the doctor.

“Know Your Numbers Week is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure and the importance of having regular checks. It's quick, free and painless and could save your life”

If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to someone over the phone, call the Blood Pressure Association's Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm) or visit www.bpassoc.org.uk

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