Under pressure - free health checks on offer

March 01 2015

People are to get the chance to check their blood pressure under an initiative from the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury.

Association with a donation to support their work.

People are to get the chance to check their blood pressure under an initiative from the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury.
They have organised free checks from doctors near the town hall in April. It’s part of the charity’s ‘Know Your Blood Pressure Day’, and will take place on Saturday 11 April at 61 Broad Street.
The annual event aims to raise awareness of blood pressure as a significant health threat if undetected and untreated.
The club has three doctors amongst its ranks; supported by other medical professionals they provide tests throughout the day. Morning shoppers and visitors to the town are encouraged to take advantage of the “on the spot” service and friendly advice.
The club says if you have never had your blood pressure checked, or it has been over five years since your last check then you should check your blood pressure before it becomes a problem.
Undetected high blood pressure is a major factor in causing strokes and heart attacks and is almost always without symptoms. The first sign that a person with high, untreated blood pressure may experience is to have a stroke.
Rotarian Dr Tony Sarafian said: “The emphasis this year is on checking people that have not been checked in the last five years and that are not already being monitored by their GP. The service is free and it could save your life.’
Around 140 people had their pressure measured last year with 21 found to have raised BP readings and advised to see their GPs. The results are sent to the Stroke Association with a donation to support their work.
On the 11 April, a team of doctors and nurses will offer a free blood pressure check and advice to any member of the public between 9.30am and 3.30pm.