On 24 May 2013 colleagues from the Stroke Association will be visiting Hammersmith Library from 10am – 12 noon and Shepherds Bush Library from 2pm – 4pm to set up stalls in our sites to hold Blood pressure checks along with giving out information about Stroke awareness month.
Why does blood pressure matter?
- High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke.
- It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of strokes could be prevented if undetected high blood pressure was diagnosed and treated.
What we’re doing about it
Our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign aims to increase understanding of the link between high blood pressure and stroke, help to identify people with high blood pressure, and encourage those whose blood pressure is normal to understand the importance of having their blood pressure checked regularly.
Local Know Your Blood Pressure events are held across the UK to offer free blood pressure tests and:
- explain the link between high blood pressure and stroke and why it’s important to know your blood pressure
- raise awareness of the risk factors for high blood pressure and other contributing factors (age, ethnicity, family history, health conditions etc)
- inform individuals of their own blood pressure reading and offer guidance based on their readings
- offer information on FAST and other prevention campaigns, such as Ask First
- collect essential, confidential, data on blood pressures nationally for use in campaigning.