Brigg Garden Centre, Sunday, 26th June 2016

Free blood pressure checks by qualified staff at Brigg Garden Centre.

Release date:  5th May 2016

Media contact: Julie Whitelock 07713 880256 julie.whitelock@sjpp.co.uk

 Rotary offers free blood pressure checks in BRIGG to combat stroke

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association have teamed up to help people in BRIGG take a moment and get their blood pressure tested. They will be hosting free blood pressure tests at Brigg Garden Centre on 26th June 2016 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 in Brigg will also receive advice on steps to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk.

Julie Whitelock 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 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 26th June there will be blood pressure checks throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.

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