By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:53
PHARMACY staff are calling on residents to stop and think about their blood pressure as part of an awareness drive.
Hopkins Pharmacy on Fields Park Drive in Alcester is offering free tests this week as part of Know Your Numbers Week in a bid to make sure people know what their reading should be.
Two numbers make up the reading, with the ideal number being 140 over 90. Anything up to 179 over 109 means residents should consider changing their diet or having a healthier lifestyle while 180 over 110 or above could indicate an increased risk of heart disease.
Pharmacist Michael Cathcart said: “Ask most people what the tyre pressures for their cars should be and they may tell you straight away, but ask them the figures for their blood pressure and most won’t have a clue.
“That is unfortunate because blood pressure is a very accurate pointer to possibly dangerous health problems, and regular checks are essential to spot changes.”
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