Each year the Rotary Clubs in Great Britain organise a Stroke Awareness week when local clubs assisted by qualified nurses check out the blood pressure on as many people as possible.
At Oswaldtwistle Mills on Saturday 5th April, 2014, the Rotary Club of Church andOswaldtwistle had members on hand all day to encourage members of the public to take part in being tested. Over 100 tests were taken with the majority of these being within the acceptable range. The few people with a high blood pressure reading were advised to see their doctor.
Blood pressure is a measure of the force with which the blood presses on the walls of the arteries as it is pumped around the body by the heart. A normal adult blood pressure should be less than 140/90. High blood pressure puts a strain on the vital arteries to the brain. The excess pressure can damage the lining of an artery, allowing blood clots to form and cause blockages. The extra strain may also cause blood vessels to burst.
When a clot forms a blockage or a blood vessel bursts in the brain, it causes a stroke. By reducing high blood pressure to within the normal range, 40% of strokes can be prevented.
To give Stroke Awareness Day some priority the Rotary Club was pleased that the Mayor of Hyndburn Judith Addison agreed to come along and have her blood pressure tested. The Rotary Club wish to thank Friend of Rotary Patricia Knight who as Medical Advisor was present throughout the day overseeing the event.
Maureen Hartley Community Chairperson for the Rotary Club said “ I wish to thank Patricia Knight, all helping Rotarians and to the Management of Owaldtwistle Mills for this important event to take place, and of course the Mayor of Hyndburn for her presence”.
The photo, thanks to Franco Sanna shows left to right : The Mayor of Hyndburn, Judith Addison, Rotary Community Chairperson Maureen Hartley and Friend of Rotary Patricia Knight, Medical Advisor.
And Maureen Hartlley writes:
Our annual Know Your Blood Pressure Day was held on Saturday 5th April from 10am to 3.30pm. 9 Rotarians volunteered to help on the day. Blood Pressure Checks read – 89 3 Urgent Referrals 8 Routine Referrals. All Stroke Association information was freely available, together with Blood Donor information pamphlets. Our medical supervisor Trish Knight was there for the whole session giving expert advice to those participants who required it. The Evaluation Form together with the BP forms has now been forwarded back to the Stroke Association. A summary of the day has also been forwarded to Catherine Doyle, District Community Chair 1190 Thanks to all who took part on the day.