Know Your Blood Pressure

Know Your Blood Pressure

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

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 2015 - Saturday 18th April

Our Know Your Blood Pressure campaign helps people to understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke, other risk factors 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.

2014 was the biggest and best year ever for the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign, with over 1,200 events taking place right across the UK. Together, the Stroke Association and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland have tested the blood pressures of almost 50,000 people and referring many on to their GP for further advice. If you would like to organise a Know Your Blood Pressure event in 2015, please visit the page below for further details. Let's make 2015 even bigger. Together we can conquer 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