Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is urging local residents to know their blood pressure numbers in the same way they know their height and weight.
Mr Stephenson made his call as national charity Blood Pressure UK held its annual Know Your Numbers Week, which saw more than 200,000 people have their blood pressure checked across the UK.
Many people do not have the “lucky numbers” of around 120/80 – the ideal blood pressure statistics.
One in three adults has high blood pressure and a third of them have no idea, as it has no symptoms. It is the UK’s biggest silent killer, responsible for 60% of strokes and 40% of heart attacks. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease and dementia.
Mr Stephenson said: “It is vital that people get their blood pressure checked as it can have serious consequences for their health.
“I am glad to see the work being carried out by blood pressure uk and was pleased to visit Whitworth Pharmacy in Barnoldswick to get mine checked. I would urge people to do the same for what is a relatively quick test that has massive benefits.”
Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Blood Pressure UK, said: “We are delighted Andrew is supporting Know Your Numbers Week 2013.
“High blood pressure is a dangerous condition when not managed properly and we hope everyone will take advantage of the free blood pressure checks in their area to lower their risk of having a stroke or a heart attack”.