Rotary to hold blood pressure event in Duns

THE Rotary Club of Duns is hosting a 'Know Your Blood Pressure' event between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, April 10, in Duns Market Square to highlight the risk factors of stroke to the population of Berwickshire.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:18 pm

More used to dealing with major emergencies, incidents and accidents, the Scottish Ambulance Service's elite Special Operations Response Team will be in Duns to carry out the blood pressure tests and to give information and advice.

The event, offering the public painless, simple and free blood pressure checks, is part of the annual 'Know Your Blood Pressure' campaign run by The Stroke Association.

It is estimated that 40% of the 150,000 strokes suffered by people in the UK each year could be prevented by controlling blood pressure.

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Bob Noble from Duns Rotary Club said: "The single biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure but, apparently, one in four adults is unaware of this. We hope, therefore, that as many folk as possible come along to our event in Duns Market Square and get tested - one

Berwickshire stroke saved and the event is worthwhile."

Jon Barrick, CEO of The Stroke Association, added: "Strokes don't just happen to older people they can happen to anyone at any age. The 'Know Your Blood Pressure' campaign, and the event in Duns on Saturday, April 10, is therefore very important and could just save some folk from what has been described as 'The Silent Killer' - a stroke."