Know your blood pressure
In a bid to conquer stroke, Thame area residents were invited to attend the free blood pressure testing event organised by the Stroke Association and Rotary Clubs of Thame and Haddenham at the Co-Op in Thame on Saturday 22 April - 10:00-14:00.
The results of the event were the following: 63 people tested of whom 19 were advised to have follow up blood tests with their doctors within a month and 2 who were advised to contact their doctors urgently.
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure.As well as having a blood pressure check, local residents in Thame, Haddenham, Chinnor, Long Crendon and neighbouring villages will also receive advice on steps to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk.
Sandy Davison, local Rotary representative said:
“Having a stroke can be devastating but people can reduce their risk significantly by paying attention to their blood pressure. Rotary is proud to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign because it is both simple and effective. The test takes a moment to do and potentially, it could save your life. Last year we held 1,680 events around the country and this year we are keen to reach even more people.”
Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said:
“Having a regular blood pressure check is so important. Estimates suggest there could be almost seven million people with high blood pressure who are undiagnosed and at risk of having a stroke. Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms. High blood pressure is far more common than you would think and it can be deadly, but it is treatable. With events like this, together we can conquer stroke.”