In a bid to conquer stroke, residents in Witney and the surrounding area are invited to a free blood pressure testing event by the Stroke Association at the Richmond Villages Marketing Suite, Waterloo Walk on the High Street on 20 January 2015.
High blood pressure remains the single biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to over half (54%) of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. After the success of Know Your Blood Pressure day on 18 April, raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke,the team at Richmond Witney have decided to host a further event to encourage
local residents to start the New Year with a free blood pressure check. Residents in and around Witney are invited to call in any time between 11am and 1:30pm on Wednesday 20 January to get their blood pressure checked, and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control.
Suzi Morgan of Richmond Witney said: “We recently attended the Stroke Awareness Conference in Oxford and were told about the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign. The campaign has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the last decade, potentially saving many lives and as our Marketing Suite is well postioned in the town centre we felt it would be an ideal venue for a Know Your Blood Pressure event. It’s clear from the information provided by the Stroke Awareness that high blood pressure is far more common than you would think.”
Laura McGuinness, who leads on stroke prevention at the Stroke Association said: “High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t present symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk. Over 9 million people in the UK are currently registered with high blood pressure but estimates suggest there could be up to almost 7 million people who are currently undiagnosed and at risk. Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and quick. We hope to see many people from Witney at this event; it’s a simple way to reducing your risk of having a stroke.”
For further information call the marketing suite on 01993 768557