Blood Pressure event to help stop strokes

There will be a Know Your Blood Pressure event at Pocklington Arts Centre on Saturday 21 April.
There will be a Know Your Blood Pressure event at Pocklington Arts Centre on Saturday 21 April.

Pocklington Rotary Club is organising a Know your Blood Pressure event this Saturday (21 April) between 10am and 12.30pm at the Pocklington Arts Centre.

This is part of a national campaign by the Stroke Association and the Rotary Club that has tested 150,000 people over the past 13 years.

The Rotary Club has thanked the Pocklington Group Practice and the Arts Centre for the support offered to the scheme each year.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “Last year over 300 Rotary clubs took part in the event. In Pocklington a record 58 had their blood pressure taken and 12 were asked to follow it up with 46 being informed no further action was required.

“The Stroke Association believes that strokes can and should be prevented.

“There are approximately 152,000 strokes every year in the UK and yet many people don’t understand it or ever think it’ll happen to them.

“That is why they will do everything they can to prevent you and your family from having a stroke. High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke, contributing to more than 50% of strokes.

“These strokes could be prevented. The Know your Blood Pressure campaign helps people to understand the link between high blood pressure and strokes, other risk factors for strokes, and what they can do to reduce their risk.

“Please come along to the arts centre and have your blood pressure taken.”