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A research campaign has revealed that 91,000 people in Leeds are living with high blood pressure - and don’t even know it, potentially putting thousands of lives at risk.

According to research findings from charity, Blood Pressure UK – an estimated 193,000 people living in Leeds have hypertension or. high blood pressure, yet, 47% (91,000 people in the area) remain undiagnosed.

Now, as part of Know Your Numbers! week which starts next Monday, Blood Pressure UK is urging the local public to check their blood pressure or visit the Pressure Stations located throughout the area.

A representative from the charity said the checks could save lives as many people don’t know they have the condition until they experience some kind of cardiovascular event such as a stroke or heart attack

Katharine Jenner, CEO of Blood Pressure UK says: “High blood pressure may not have any symptoms, but strokes and heart attacks do.

“After you have had your blood pressure checked you can make changes to reduce your risk, such as eating less salt, taking more exercise and drinking less alcohol – it’s never too late.”

There are over 100 places in Leeds giving checks and your nearest can be found by visiting

www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck

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