Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is pleased to announce that Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2016, in partnership with the Stroke Association, will take place on Saturday 23rd April.
For the 13th year running, Rotarians and representatives from the Stroke Association will be saving lives by hosting blood pressure testing events in their local communities. Members of the public can have their blood pressure checked free of charge at local venues in a bid to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and strokes.
Hundreds of Rotary Clubs all over Great Britain and Ireland will be making use of local facilities such as church halls, shopping centres, libraries and leisure centres to carry out the free checks, assisted by health professionals and the Stroke Association, who will provide information and advice on stroke related health issues.
Last year almost three in every ten people who had their blood pressure taken at a Know Your Blood Pressure event were advised to see their GP for a follow up. It is also estimated that around 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure and around a third are unaware of this. At least 40% of strokes could be prevented each year if people checked their blood pressure and took steps to control it.