The Stroke Association and Rotary International are joining forces to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure. They are inviting residents in Felixstowe to take a moment to have a free blood pressure test on 21 April 2018 anytime between 09.30am and 3.30pm at Great Eastern Square Atrium, East of England Cooperative.
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure and it is estimated that over five million people across the UK don’t realise they have the condition.
David Crerar, President said: “Know Your Blood Pressure Day is all about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke. Rotary is supporting the Stroke Association with blood pressure events throughout April and the rest of the year. Rotary Felixstowe Landguard will be hosting free blood pressure tests at Great Eastern Square Atrium, East of England Cooperative on 21 April 2018. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but with events like these, we hope to change this. A blood pressure test is quick and painless, and it could save your life.”
Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director for Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and it’s much more common than people think. That’s why we’re urging as many Felixstowe residents as possible to take a moment and have theirs checked at event on 21 April 2018. A blood pressure check only takes a moment, and it’s such a simple way to reduce your risk of a stroke.”
In addition to the events taking place on Saturday 21 April, there will be blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.