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Local optician red-dy to help fight heart disease

30 April, 2015
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Acomb Specsavers have embraced the colour of love in a bid to raise funds for a heart health charity this month.

Feeling rosy
Staff at the Specsavers store in Acomb got in the Valentine’s spirit as they donned red coloured outfits for the British Heart Foundation’s annual ‘Rock Up in Red’ fundraising day.

Every day in the UK, 12 babies are born with a heart defect and 480 people will go to hospital with a heart attack.1 Coronary Heart Disease is the most common cause of death in people under 75 in the UK.2

Vital efforts
The British Heart Foundation aims to fund vital research that will help to prevent people developing heart disease, help people survive heart attacks and provide support, information and care to those who need it.

A word from the director
Deryck Watts, store director at the Acomb Specsavers, said: ‘Everyone in store enjoyed coming into work wearing red. We all know someone who is living with heart disease and we really want to do our bit to raise awareness and help this amazing charity continue its vital work. As always we know we can count on great support from our local community.'

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a warning sign of heart problems and is detectable during a Specsavers eye test. Through careful examination of the retina, an optometrist can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye, which can indicate cardiovascular disease.

1. British Heart Foundation Strategy Statement

2. British Heart Foundation’s Heart Statistics

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