Blood pressure checks in Banchory

The Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan is hosting a ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ event on Saturday (April 21) at Morrisons Supermarket, North Deeside Road, Banchory to help highlight the risk factors of stroke to the localcommunity.

Every year, around 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke - that’s one person every five minutes. Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK and although a stroke is not always fatal, the resulting symptoms can be serious. Whilst most people who have a stroke are older, around a quarter of strokes happen to under 65‘s. It is estimated that 40% of the strokes suffered by people in the UK each year could be prevented by early detection and treatment of high blood pressure.

Often called the ‘silent killer’ high blood pressure does not always have any symptoms. It is the single biggest risk factor for stroke and it is estimated that a quarter of adults have high blood pressure but are completely unaware of it.

Doctors from the Banchory Medical Centre will be taking the blood pressure tests and will provide advice and information. It’s free, quick and no booking is required.

Jill Hendry, Customer Services Manager, Morrisons Supermarket said: “Morrisons is delighted to host this event, we are always keen to encourage well being in the community and hope that many people take advantage of this excellent opportunity to have a quick and convenient health check.”

The event runs from 10am to 2pm and offers the public a blood pressure measuring service and information on related health issues. The annual ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’ Campaign is run by The Stroke Association to help people better understand the relation between high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke.

At the last local Stroke Awareness event in April 2010, over 80 members of the public took the time to have their blood pressure taken. One serious, irregular heartbeat was detected and another 19 people were advised to have a GP health review.

Rotary’s Community Service Convener, Sigrid Medley-Tellefsen said: “We are once more indebted to our local GP Practice and our local supermarket Morrison’s, for collaborating with the club in ensuring that this important health screening event continues to support our local population.”