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This day in Spalding could be your lifesaver

Health professionals working with Spalding Rotarians could save your life ... if you spare 10 minutes out of your day.

The Rotary Club of South Holland is once more backing The Stroke Association's "Know Your Blood Pressure" campaign by hosting free blood pressure checks.

High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for a potentially deadly or profoundly disabling stroke.

It's simple, quick and painless ... a blood pressure check like this will tell you if you are at risk.
It's simple, quick and painless ... a blood pressure check like this will tell you if you are at risk.

And it's a silent assassin because there are no symptoms and people go on living their daily lives unaware that they are at risk.

But a test at The South Holland Centre on Saturday, April 13 - from 10.30am-3pm - could change that.

Rotarian Steve Colby said: "Each year, several people have been advised to see their doctor, sometimes urgently, and as a result we are certain that lives have been saved.

"Come along it will cost nothing but may save your life.

"It is important to know your blood pressure."

The "Know Your Blood Pressure campaign" is run by The Stroke Association in partnership with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) to raise awareness about the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

The Stroke Association says around 40 per cent of strokes could be prevented if people regularly had their blood pressure checked and took steps to prevent high blood pressure.

Simple prevention steps could significantly reduce the devastation caused by the condition and save the NHS in excess of £20,000 per stroke.

Health professionals attending on the Spalding session can give advice if there is anything significant learned from the very simple test.

Steve said: "The Rotary Club of South Holland has co-ordinated this day for the last few years and would like to thank the many local busy health professionals who give up their own time to help on the day."

If you would like to know more about the work of The Rotary Club of South Holland, would like to help or enquire about joining please contactsecretary Ian Smee on 01775 714722.

Have you been helped in the past by the campaign?

Please email our editor: jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

* Last year's checks found urgent cases for treatment.

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