Free blood pressure checks in Rotary’s stroke campaign

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Free blood pressure checks will be offered to residents and visitors in Buxton, next week, as part of a campaign to help prevent strokes.

The Rotary Club of Buxton and the Stroke Association UK are working in partnership again to hold two events as part of the national “Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign”.

Health professionals from in and around Buxton will be available to measure blood pressures at the Dome on Friday April 20 from 10am until 1pm and in Spring Gardens Centre on Saturday April 21 from 9am until midday.

Last year just over 200 people took advantage of this offer.

“We hope to match that number again this year,” said Dr John Harry, organiser for the Buxton Rotary Club.

“It will take only a few minutes of your time, when it is convenient to you and could prove to be very beneficial to your future health and might even ultimately prevent that stroke.

“Please come again if you were measured in previous years to be sure that your pressure has not changed.”

High blood pressure is a main cause of strokes and every three minutes someone in the UK has a stroke.

For every ten people who might suffer a stroke, four might have been saved if regular measurements of their blood pressures had shown medical advice and treatment was needed.

So measuring blood pressure is vital, particularly as more than 150,000 people in the UK suffer a first stroke each year.

The campaign between Rotary International and the Stroke Association has been working together nationally for ten years offering free blood pressure measurements in towns all over the country as part of “Stroke Awareness”.

Last year around 30,000 people took advantage of this free health check with over 4,000 referred to their GPs for follow up because of high blood pressure.