Why you should Know Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is a contributing factor to over half of all strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The British Heart Foundation estimates that 15.6 million people in the UK have high blood pressure.
This may sound scary, but high blood pressure is a risk factor that you can actually control. Medication and/or lifestyle changes (healthy diet, lower salt, increased exercise) can keep blood pressure in check and drastically reduce your risk of stroke.
So…if you know your blood pressure, you can do something about it!
The Stroke Association hold regular Know Your Blood Pressure events where you can get your BP checked for free and get free information and advice. I have been along to one this week at Tesco Extra in Chesterfield, Derbyshire this week, with Sophie Dawson, Information, Advice & Support Coordinator for the Stroke Association. Julie Bowler, Assistant Regional Manager was there too…
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