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Embargoed until Tuesday 11 September 2018, 00.01 hours (UK time)

Nearly two-thirds of the population are ignoring THE simplest step in reducing their risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure by not knowing their blood pressure numbers – according to a startling new national survey by Blood Pressure UK to mark Know Your Numbers! Week 2018: 10-16th September.

The leading charity is now calling for all households to acquire a validated blood pressure monitor, with government subsidies for the low incomed and those most at risk – saving the NHS over £1billion every year for the 6.5 million people who still remain undiagnosed.

A significant 26.7% of respondents consider going out with friends and socialising more of a priority than having their blood pressure taken. What’s more, 14.9% would rather watch TV and a further 10.4% would opt to watch football instead.

Evidently, it appears that high blood pressure, which is one...

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