Know your blood pressure
Sat 13th April 2019 at 10.00 - 14.00
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 13 April - 10:00-14:00.
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.”
The results of the 2019 event were as follows: 56 people had their blood pressure taken. Out of these, 4 people were advised to be checked urgently by their GP within one week, whilst 13 people were advised to have a routine follow up with their GP in one month time.
The results of the 2018 event were the following: 65 people had their blood pressure taken, of which 43 needed no further action; 5 required an urgent follow up with their GP within a week; and 17 required a follow up with their GP within a month.