Stroke awareness day in Woodhall Spa

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The Stroke Association and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland are aiming to host more than 1,000 free blood pressure testing events and one of these will be held in Woodhall Spa.

The two organisations are aiming to test over 50,000 and these free tests will be held next to the police station in the Broadway between 9.30am and 3pm on Saturday April 5.

High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for stroke and the day aims to raise awareness about the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

John Curtis of the Rotary Club of Woodhall Spa said: “The Know Your Blood Pressure campaign has been supported by Rotary for over a decade.

“The ideal blood pressure is 120/80 but we know a significant number of people have readings above that and a quarter have dangerously high blood pressure with readings over 140/90.

“Rotary events took nearly 43,000 blood pressure readings last year and nearly 7,000 people were advised to take action.

“These events can play a big role in reducing strokes across the country.”