Public invited to check their cardiovascular health at World Hypertension Day event in Glasgow

Issued: Tue, 14 May 2013 13:00:00 BST

The University of Glasgow is inviting members of the public to have free health checks as part of World Hypertension Day on Friday 17 May.

A series of short talks by researchers from Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen will be followed by sessions where members of the public will be able to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels and heart rhythm checked.

The event has been organised by Dr Sandosh Padmanabhan and colleagues at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences. He said: “High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for death worldwide. It leads to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.

“It is also known as the silent killer because it generally causes no symptoms and many people have no idea their blood pressure is high because they never check it. I would encourage everyone to take responsibility for having their blood pressure checked because it can save your life.”

World Hypertension Day was initiated by the World Hypertension League to raise awareness of the condition and preventable problems it can cause.

The public engagement event will feature short talks on hypertension in children, blood pressure measurement, lifestyle modifications, new treatments, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

The event is free and takes place in the Yudowitz Lecture Theatre at the Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue, Glasgow from 10am until 1pm with two sessions for health checks.

 


For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email stuart.forsyth@glasgow.ac.uk

 

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