Rotary club offers free blood pressure tests

ROTARY Club of Rotherham Sitwell and the Stroke Association have teamed up to offer free blood pressure tests on Saturday. 

The checks will be available at Tesco Extra in Rotherham town centre to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and strokes.

Rotarian Philip Watson said: “Having a stroke can be devastating but people can reduce their risk significantly by paying attention to their blood pressure. 

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“Rotary is proud to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign because it is both simple and effective. 

“The test takes a moment to do and potentially, it could save your life. Last year Rotary held 1,680 events around the country and this year we are keen to reach even more people.”

Alexis Wieroniey, deputy director of policy and influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “Having a regular blood pressure check is so important. 

“Estimates suggest there could be almost seven million people with high blood pressure who are undiagnosed and at risk of having a stroke. 

“Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms. High blood pressure is far more common than you would think and it can be deadly, but it is treatable.”

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