What are your numbers?

9/9/2011'Tina Slattery does a free blood pressure check on customer Martin Kowalski at Gadebridge Parmacy, Hemel Hempstead.   Martin's blood pressure was very healthy and normal.

9/9/2011'Tina Slattery does a free blood pressure check on customer Martin Kowalski at Gadebridge Parmacy, Hemel Hempstead. Martin's blood pressure was very healthy and normal.

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FREE blood pressure checks are being offered by a pharmacy as part of a week-long health drive to combat the UK’s biggest killer.

Gadebridge Pharmacy, at Rossgate in Hemel Hempstead, is backing the national Know Your Numbers Campaign, running until Sunday.

It aims to highlight the importance of regular health tests, especially as high blood pressure can lead to many cardiovascular illnesses, which are a bigger cause of death than cancer.

Pharmacist Ajit Malhi said: “We are urging people to know their numbers – the figures which indicate how healthy blood pressure is.

“High blood pressure is a silent condition that can often go unnoticed. It’s vital to monitor with regular check-ups, especially if cardiovascular ailments such as diabetes are present.

“It is estimated that one in three middle-aged adults have high blood pressure and are at danger of having a possibly fatal stroke, developing coronary heart disease or suffering kidney problems.”

Pictured right, Tina Slattery completes a free blood pressure check on customer Martin Kowalski at Gadebridge Parmacy, Hemel Hempstead.

Martin’s blood pressure proved to be very healthy and normal.