Stroke Association staff were feeling the pressure at the Waterside Shopping Centre, Lincoln, as they gave shoppers free blood pressure checks.
The charity holds Know Your Blood Pressure events because high blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke, affecting around 39% of men and 31% of women. It is treatable with medication and by making lifestyle changes.
Ron Allan, 51, from Lincoln had a stroke in 2009. He says: “Because I had a stroke myself, I understand how important it is to have regular blood pressure checks. I now volunteer for Stroke Association so I can help make others aware of the importance of preventing a stroke.”
Stroke Association’s Jane Smith says: “Thousands of people are completely unaware of their own blood pressure levels, and a lot of people we test are shocked to hear their blood pressure is high. It’s a quick, free and painless way to find out your own risk.”
Over 40% of strokes could be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, with regular exercise, healthy eating, giving up smoking and avoiding excessive drinking.
Stroke Association East Midlands holds blood pressure events around the region. The next one in Lincolnshire is at Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness on 6 July from 10.30am.
For more information about local Stroke Awareness Events, visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.
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