Rotary Club spreads the word on strokes
MEMBERS of Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club got out and about during a joint campaign with the Stroke Association to raise awareness of one of the biggest risk factors for suffering a stroke - high blood pressure.
Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure and it is estimated that over five million people across the UK don’t realise they have the condition.
A total of six rotary clubs - Bristol, Bristol Breakfast, Chipping Sodbury, Fishponds and Downend, Gordano Breakfast and Kingswood - set up stands in The Galleries and Cabot Circus in Bristol, Kingswood, Bradley Stoke, Chipping Sodbury and Portishead to provide free blood pressure checks for passers-by.
Between the six events blood pressures were checked for more than 600 passers-by. Of these about 500 were normal but, crucially, over 100 people were recommended to see their GP about their high blood pressure.
Roger Key, senior vice president at the Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast, said: "Know Your Blood Pressure events are all about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but with events like these, we hope to change this. A blood pressure test is quick and painless, and it could save your life.
"This was the first event staged by my club, we were surprised and delighted with the interest shown, were busy checking blood pressures all day and have already decided to run a similar event next year."
In addition to the Rotary events held locally during April, the Stroke Association arranges blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year.
To find your nearest blood pressure event, visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp