Get your blood pressure checked - it may save you

Todmorden’s Rotary Club, Todmorden Group Practice and the Stroke Association are working in partnership again to help combat high blood pressure, the single biggest risk factor for strokes in the country.

On Saturday, March 19, between 10am and 3pm free blood pressure checks will be held at the Central Methodist Church in Bramsche Square, Todmorden.

This campaign has proven to be extremely successful in previous years, with record numbers of people getting their blood pressure measured.

In Todmorden last time over 300 checks were taken with the national total being more than 25,000, said Rotarian Malcolm Birkett.

Vicky Challenger, nurse manager at Todmorden Health Centre said: “We hope local people will stop by Central Methodists on Saturday and have their blood pressure measured. It will only take a few minutes but it could help to save their lives.”

The team say that for every ten people who die of a stroke, four could have been saved if they had arranged regular blood pressure measurements and then followed medical advice.