People are being encouraged to make sure they know their numbers and get a free blood pressure check this Know Your Numbers! Week, which gets underway on Monday (4 September, 2023).

High blood pressure can lead to heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), which causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK – the equivalent of around 2,300 deaths each month in the Midlands alone.

Community pharmacies offer a free blood pressure check service for people aged 40 and over with no previous history of high blood pressure; to find your local pharmacy, visit Find a pharmacy. People can also call into the Health Hub in the Mander Centre, Upper Mall, opposite Ryman, for a free blood pressure check. The Health Hub is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "Know Your Numbers! Week is a great opportunity to engage with your own wellbeing, helping you understand the importance of things like blood pressure. 

"High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for strokes. It is also known as the silent killer, with a third of people with high blood pressure not knowing they have it. So please make sure you know your numbers and get a free blood pressure check."

Know Your Numbers! Week, which runs until Sunday (10 September), is an annual campaign led by charity Blood Pressure UK. People are encouraged to measure their blood pressure to see if it’s under control, modify their lifestyle if necessary and manage their blood pressure and health. For more details, please visit Blood Pressure UK