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Tests aimed at reducing strokes

Leamington Editorial 30th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

REDUCING strokes was the aim in Warwick at the weekend.

Warwick Rotary teamed up with charity Education for Health to host free blood pressure tests in the Market Place as part of a national event set up by the Stroke Association and Rotary clubs across the UK.

Warwick deputy mayor Christine Cross was first to be checked by Beverley Bostock-Cox from Education for Health, and throughout the day the team was kept busy as shoppers took five minutes out of their day to get checked, and be advised on keeping their blood pressure under control and reducing risk of stroke.

A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Stroke occurs approximately 152,000 times a year in the UK and it is one of the largest causes of disability. There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK.

Estimates suggest there could be 6.8 million people with undiagnosed high blood pressure in the UK who are at risk of a stroke. Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms.

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