In a bid to conquer stroke, residents in Wakefield are invited to free blood pressure testing by the Stroke Association and the Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club on the 7th May 2016 in The Ridings from 10am to 4pm
High blood pressure remains the single biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to over half (54%) of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Know Your Blood Pressure day is about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke. Resident in Wakefield can get their blood pressure checked, and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control.
Norman Howe, Wakefield Chantry Rotarian said:
“Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and quick. Following on from last year's successful event we hope to see many people from Wakefield at our event; it’s a simple way to reducing your risk of having a stroke. We are very grateful for the The Ridings for hosting this event, they have been marvellous ”
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.
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.Dr James Logan, Channel 4’s own TV Doctor, presented the Life After Stroke Award to Rotary GBI at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by Baroness Karren Brady.
So come along on May 7th to the Ridings, get your Blood Pressure measured. You never know – IT MAY JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE!!
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