Free blood pressure checks will reduce the risks of stroke
Whalley residents can drastically reduce their risk of stroke by getting their blood pressure checked at a special drop-in event.
Right at Home East Lancashire & Ribble valley is hosting the event with the Stroke Association and they are asking people to pop along for a free, quick and painless blood pressure check on Saturday 12 October between 2pm and 4pm.
The number of people diagnosed as having high blood pressure has increased consistently since 2005. In England alone, more than five and a half million people remain undiagnosed and untreated for the condition – making them ticking time bombs for stroke.
Right at Home owner Julie Foote said: “We have been running this event in different locations for a few years now and every year we identify a few people whose blood pressure is high enough to put them at significant risk of stroke. Thankfully we’ve been able to direct them to the appropriate medical assistance – usually a trip to their GP where they will be diagnosed with medication. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but it’s quite easy to address high blood pressure without it impacting your lifestyle. You can pop in and it will only take five minutes, so there’s really no reason to put off having a test, given that it could save your life.”
The drop-in session is at Whalley Methodist Church, King St Whalley Road, Wilpshire, between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, 12 October.
Julie and the Stroke Association team will be serving tea, coffee and biscuits whilst the tests are carried out, and will be able to provide further information on ways you can reduce the risk of stroke.
Alexis Kolodziej, Deputy Director of Policy at the Stroke Association, said: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and yet it’s much more common than most people think. We know that most strokes can and should be prevented and that’s why we’re urging everyone to have theirs checked.”
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK. Download a free blood pressure information pack from www.stroke.org.uk/webform/download-your-blood-pressure-information-pack.