Firemen are told to carry out blood pressure tests for the NHS… and machines in supermarkets and schools will let you check yourself

Firemen will carry out blood pressure and heart checks under a major NHS drive to prevent early deaths.

They will conduct medical tests during fire safety inspections of homes – and refer patients to doctors if the readings are too high.

Supermarkets, offices and schools will also be instructed to install blood-pressure machines to allow the public to test themselves.

The initiative hopes to prevent as many as 9,000 heart attacks and 14,500 strokes a year.

It is focused on detecting conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation, where the heart beats very fast or erratically.

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