Rotary leads stroke awareness

One of the many people who took up the offer of a free blood pressure check from Dr. Robert Jaggs-Fowler at the Brigg Rotary event in Brigg Garden Centre. EMN-160107-080943001
One of the many people who took up the offer of a free blood pressure check from Dr. Robert Jaggs-Fowler at the Brigg Rotary event in Brigg Garden Centre. EMN-160107-080943001

Brigg Rotary Club teamed up with the Stroke Association and community nurses to help the people of Brigg take a moment and get their blood pressure tested, helping to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

The event took place at Brigg Garden Centre, where 255 readings were taken.

Of those tested, 45 people, 1 in every 6 tested, were referred to see their GP within a month - six in the 30 to 44 age group.

More alarmingly, 10 people needed to be referred to see their GP within a week - three in the 45 to 59 age group.

“Rotary certainly could have made a difference to the lives of these people,” said a club spokesman.

“High blood pressure accounts for over half of all strokes and is far more common than you think.

“Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms.”