Know Your Blood Pressure

Know Your Blood Pressure

Do you know your blood pressure? High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke, yet it has no symptoms and can affect people of all ages and lifestyles.

Our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign helps people of all ages to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke, other risk factors for stroke and what they can do to reduce their risk of having a stroke. We get to the heart of communities by holding events across the UK offering free blood pressure testing, stroke prevention information and friendly advice.

Since the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign began, we have tested the blood pressure of over 100,000 people! In 2014, we are hoping to hold over 1,000 events and take over 50,000 blood pressures!

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2014 - Saturday 5th April

On Saturday 5th April, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association held over 200 Know Your Blood Pressure events in one day. We are very grateful to the Rotary clubs who took part and to all those intending to hold a Know Your Blood pressure event in the future. Please visit this page later in the year to find out how many blood pressures we have taken and how the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign is helping to reduce people's risk of stroke.

Know Your Blood Pressure events also take place throughout the year. Check our searchable map to find out when and where your nearest event will be. 


What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the force that blood puts on the walls of your arteries when it is pumped around your body by your heart. It is measured with two readings – when the heart beats (systolic pressure) and when it relaxes (diastolic pressure). Measuring blood pressure is quick, simple and painless. 

More information about high blood pressure.

Click below to read our factsheet on high blood pressure and stroke:

High Blood Pressure and Stroke factsheet