Islanders urged to check blood pressure

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, May 15, 2014


ISLE of Wight residents are being urged to check their blood pressure in a bid to prevent strokes.

May is Action on Stroke Month, and the Stroke Association has teamed up with the Island's public health team to offer free blood pressure tests at venues across the Isle of Wight.

Sessions will be held at Ryde Library on Monday, Newport Library on Wednesday and West Wight Sports Centre on Thursday.

The sessions will take place between 10am and 2pm.

High blood pressure contributes to around half of strokes and is the single biggest controllable risk factor in terms of stroke prevention.

It is estimated 315 people on the Isle of Wight suffer a stroke each year and 3,300 people are living with the effects of a stroke.

Esme Mutter, from the Stroke Association, said: "High blood pressure has been called the 'silent killer’ because many people do not realise they have it or how dangerous it can be. It is really important to get checked regularly as your blood pressure does change over time, taking control of it can reduce your risk of stroke.

"Someone in the UK has a stroke every three and a half minutes and the Stroke Association is determined to change that. Action on Stroke Month is a great opportunity to help us get more people to learn about stroke. It is so important to understand the risks and what to look out for; it could save your life or the life of someone you love."

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