Blood Pressure Day to come to Rushden with healthcheck event

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Rushden’s Rotary Club will hold an event later this month where people can get their blood pressure checked as part of national Blood Pressure Day.

Rotary clubs across the country are once again working with The Stroke Association to make people aware of the link between high blood pressure and strokes.

Blood Pressure Day is on Saturday, April 23, when the Rushden Rotary Club team will be at the Waitrose car park to offer the service.

At these events doctors and qualified medics will offer to check your blood pressure and give advice on how to keep it under control.

The Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the last decade and many lives have been saved or prolonged as a result.

The ideal blood pressure is 120/80 but many people are living with readings higher than that.

A Stroke Association spokesman said: “High blood pressure remains the biggest risk factor for strokes, accounting for 54 per cent of strokes in the UK.

“It is often referred to as the silent killer because there are often no symptoms and many people have no idea that their health is at risk.

“Estimates show that there are around 7million people who do not know that they have high blood pressure and who are at risk.

“Getting your blood pressure checked is quick and easy and is the simple way to reduce your risk of having a stroke.

“You can be checked out at your local chemist - there’s no need to see your doctor.”

Other blood pressure events will be held throughout the year.

To find your nearest blood pressure event visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.