Rotary support charity bid to help save lives

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The Stroke Association and Rotary Bakewell have joined forces to help raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for stroke – high blood pressure.

They invited residents in the Bakewell area to take a moment to have a free blood pressure test on Monday, April 24, from 9am to 3pm at the Agricultural Centre.

Rotary Bakewell member David Rawson said: “Having a stroke can be devastating but people can reduce their risk significantly by paying attention to their blood pressure.
“Rotary Bakewell 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 could save your life.”

Alexis Wieroniey, deputy director for 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 think and it can be deadly, but it is treatable. With events like the Bakewell Stroke Awareness Day, together we can conquer stroke.

“That’s why we’re urging as many residents as possible to take a moment and have theirs checked.”

“There will be blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year, to give Bakewell residents another chance to pop in and get their blood pressure checked.

“It is not something that should be ignored, keep checking.”

The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity, changing the lives of all those affected by stroke and funding cutting-edge treatments.

For more information about the charity or to find your nearest blood pressure event, visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.