Rossendale Rotary will be holding their annual Stroke Awareness Blood Pressure Event, between 10am and 4pm on the 23rd of April, at Winfield's in Haslingden. Everyone welcome.

Rotary offers free blood pressure checks in Rossendale to combat stroke

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association have teamed up to help people in Rossendale take a moment and get their blood pressure tested. They will be hosting free blood pressure tests between 10am and 4pm on the 23rd of April, at Winfield's in Haslingdento raiseawareness 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 in Rossendale will also receive advice on steps to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk.

Rotarian John Walshstates:

“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 1680 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.”

In addition to the events taking place on 23 April, there will be blood pressure checks throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.