Free blood pressure check for residents of Utrecht
Last updated byFrom Monday 27 May, you can have your blood pressure measured – free of charge – at various locations in Utrecht. It is important to know your blood pressure. You don’t feel high blood pressure, but it does increase the risk of heart or vascular disease. For example, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. That is why the Heart Foundation calls for regular blood pressure measurements. If necessary, people can then take timely measures to bring blood pressure back to a healthy level. To make the measurement accessible to everyone, the Heart Foundation is setting up blood pressure measurement points in public places, such as supermarkets and libraries, from 27 May to 8 June. Residents in Utrecht can have their blood pressure checked for free at one of the 17 locations.
Many Dutch people do not know that they have high blood pressure, and therefore an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Research by the Heart Foundation shows that 1 in 3 Dutch people aged 30 to 70 have high blood pressure. Some of them use medication or have adjusted their lifestyle to bring blood pressure to a healthy level. However, around 40% do not know that they have high blood pressure. These are around 1.2 million Dutch people. The Heart Foundation therefore wants to encourage people to have their blood pressure measured.
David Smeekes, general practitioner working for the Heart Foundation mentions, “It is important to know your blood pressure from the age of 40, even if you are healthy. Because you do not feel high blood pressure, but it does increase your risk of heart or vascular disease. For example, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or heart failure. That is why the Heart Foundation is calling for you to regularly have your blood pressure measured. Just like you sometimes stand on a scale. That way you can take timely measures to get your blood pressure to a healthy level if necessary. “
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