REMINDER: The quick health check heading to West Wickham that could save your life

By Luke King in Health

THE Stroke Association and Rotary International are joining forces to help raise awareness of high blood pressure - one of the biggest risk factors for stroke.

They are inviting local residents to have a free blood pressure test between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday, April 22 at St Francis Church Hall, Ravenswood Avenue, West Wickham.

Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure while it is estimated that over five million people across the UK don’t realise they have the condition.

Jeremy Gauntlett, press officer for Rotary Club of Langley Park, said: “Know Your Blood Pressure Day on April 22 is all about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

“Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but with events like these, we hope to change this. A blood pressure test is quick and painless, and it could save your life.”

Alexis Wieroniey, a deputy director at the Stroke Association, said: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and it’s much more common than people think.

“That’s why we’re urging as many West Wickham residents as possible to take a moment and have theirs checked. A blood pressure check only takes a moment, and it’s such a simple way to reduce your risk of a stroke.”

In addition to the event taking place on April 22, there will be blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp

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