IN A BID to conquer stroke, residents in Stockton are invited to free blood pressure testing by the Stroke Association and Rotary GBI on 18th April 2015 at Castlegate.
High blood pressure remains the single biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to over half (54%) of strokes in the UK.
Know Your Blood Pressure day on 18 April is about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke and residents in Stockton can get their blood pressure checked, and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control at Castlegate this Saturday from 10am till 4pm.
In 2014, Rotary GBI and Stroke Association organised over 400 events across the UK. In the same year, Rotary GBI was honoured with a Special Recognition Award by Stroke Association for their long-term support of the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign.
Derek Bassett from the Teesside West Rotary Club: “Rotary’s long term support for the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the last decade, potentially saving many lives.
“The ideal blood pressure is 120/80 but we know a significant number of people have readings above that and a quarter have dangerously high blood pressure with readings over 140/90.
“These events can play a big role in reducing strokes across the country. It’s clear from our work that high blood pressure is far more common than you would think.”
Laura McGuinness, who leads on stroke prevention at the Stroke Association said: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t present symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk.
“Over 9 million people in the UK are currently registered with high blood pressure but estimates suggest there could be up to almost 7 million people who are currently undiagnosed and at risk.
“Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and quick. We hope to see many people from Stockton at our event; it’s a simple way to reducing your risk of having a stroke.”