Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Helping to Fight the Hidden Risks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Helping to Fight the Hidden Risks

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Byline: By Craig Thomspn

Those of us suffering with high blood pressure rarely have any symptoms.

For many, the first they know about it is when they have a heart attack or a stroke.

Concern is growing in the North East due to the large numbers of people who are failing to control their condition ( especially since it is preventable.

According to medical experts in the region, those with high blood pressure are three times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke and twice as likely to die from these as those with normal blood pressure.

Now, sufferers across the North East are being urged to "know their numbers", as part of a campaign encouraging people to check their blood pressure.

Special events have been held at pharmacies in a bid to make people more aware of the situation.

Nickie Roberts, executive director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: "Raised blood pressure is the most important cause of premature death in the world and is responsible for more than 60% of all strokes and 50% of all heart disease. …

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