In a bid to conquer strokes, those living in the Langport area are invited to a free blood pressure test by the Rotary Club of Langport and Somerton and the Stroke Association, on Saturday 22nd April, in the Tesco's car park in Langport.
Please come along between 10am and 2pm to test your blood pressure. David Warburton MP will be coming along at 10am to support the event. See how his blood pressure is doing in the face of the forthcoming General Election.
High Blood Pressure remains the biggest risk factor for strokes, contributing to over half of strokes in England. High blood pressure is often referred to as the 'silent killer', because it doesn't present symptoms, and many people have no idea their health may be at risk.
'Know Your Blood Pressure' day on 22 April is about raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and strokes. At least 40% of strokes could be prevented each year if people checked their blood pressure and took steps to control it.
Those living in the Langport area can get their blood pressure professionally checked, and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control.
Rotary's long term support for the national 'Know Your Blood Pressure' campaign has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the last decade, potentially saving many lives. In 2016, almost three in every ten people who had their blood pressure taken at this event were advised to see their GP for a follow up.
These events can play a big role in reducing strokes across the country, it is clear that high blood pressure is far more common than you would think.