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Get your blood pressure checked for stroke day
12:20pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
GET your blood pressure checked is the message from health chiefs ahead of World Stroke Day.
Staff from Warrington Hospital and the Stroke Association visited the Warrington Guardian offices this week in the hope of raising awareness and saving lives.
Jacquelyn Berry, from the Stroke Association, said: “World Stroke Day is about celebrating life after stroke and also raising awareness of the devastation a stroke can cause.
“We need people to understand that a stroke can happen to anyone at any time and that there are ways to reduce your chance of a stroke.
"For every ten people who die of stroke, four could have been saved if they had arranged regular blood pressure measurements and then followed medical advice.
“It is vitally important that people make an appointment with their GP practice to have their blood pressure measured regularly.”
One in six people will have a stroke at some point in their lifetime.
To reduce the risk, residents are advised to stop smoking, avoid drinking heavily and eat a healthy diet.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms and, if not treated and kept under control, is one of the major risks for stroke.
According to statistics, around 40 per cent of strokes could be prevented if more people were aware of their high blood pressure and received treatment or made lifestyle changes.
Michelle Kidd, stroke lead at Warrington Hospital, said: “We know some strokes are preventable and that it’s not just older people who have high blood pressure.
“It starts to go up during middle age so if we can recognise that and treat middle aged people it means we can save a lot more lives.
“Anyone who does get a high reading should not panic.
“It may just mean some lifestyle changes like reducing alcohol intake, salt in food and taking more exercise.”
For more information, visit www.stroke.org.uk.
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