Stroke and health

Know Your Blood Pressure

Photograph: Man having blood pressure taken by nurse.‘Know your blood pressure day’ is held annually in April. Clubs need to register their event with the Stroke Association and obtain a pack that will set out in detail how to organise an event. All the information, including registration, can be accessed from the Stroke Association website. All you need is enthusiasm, a venue, some blood pressure machines and medically trained people for taking blood pressure readings (doctors, nurses, paramedics or volunteer ambulance workers).

Blood pressure readings are taken and recorded and, when necessary, participants are recommended to consult thier doctors because of the risks to their health. All the information, including on line registration can be accessed on line from: www.stroke.org.uk/kybp District 1070 Contact: Rotarian Derek Wright (Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons)

  • FACT 1 – Stroke is one of the top three causes of death in England and Wales, along with cancer and heart disease
  • FACT 2 – Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in England and Wales, with at least 300,000 people living with moderate to severe disabilities as a result of stroke
  • FACT 3 – Stroke costs the economy £7bn every year in health and social care costs

The Stroke Association and Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) have now worked together for ten years on the ‘Know your Blood Pressure’ campaign.

In District 1070, our experience is that around 15% of those that had blood pressure taken during these events were advised to take further action and visit their GP’s. This shows the depth of the problem and how important it is for Rotary to be involved in project.

Your club’s participation is needed. All you need is enthusiasm, a venue, some blood pressure machines and some medically trained people for taking blood pressure readings (doctors, nurses, paramedics or volunteer ambulance workers).

Further information may be found on the following, just copy and paste into your browser. www.stroke.org.uk/kybp Please advise me if your club is intending to take part or get in touch if you need further information.. Rtn. Derek Wright, Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons.