Stroke Awareness 2016
Stroke Awareness 2nd April 2016 at Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet
Stroke Awareness Day: Saturday 2nd April 2016 at Hart Shopping Centre
Fleet Rotary provided free blood pressure checks in Hart Shopping Centre to combat stroke on Saturday 2nd April 2016
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association have teamed up to help people stop for a moment and get their blood pressure tested, to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure. As well as having a blood pressure check, local residents also received advice on steps to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk.
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.
On 2nd April 2016 Fleet Rotary, with the invaluable help of 6 voluntary medically qualified nurses and pharmacists, tested 105 members of the public: 71 presented satisfactory blood pressure results; 32 were advised to see their doctor within 28 days; and 2 were advised to see their doctor within 7 days.
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. On 2nd April 2016 30% presented blood pressures that indicated more lifestyle care or medical intervention may be necessary.
Fleet Rotary wishes to thank Hart Shopping Centre for again permitting their central concourse to be used for this ‘Service to the Community’