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By Tristan Harris Tuesday 05 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 23:25
STATISTICS released by The Stroke Association have show the blood pressure readings of residents in Bromsgrove and Redditch are seven per cent higher than the county average.
The figures follow a screening programme conducted in the two towns throughout November and December.
That came after the launch of a campaign by The Stroke Association and the Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (RBCCG) to raise awareness of stroke and its biggest risk factor - high blood pressure.
The charity now wants residents in Bromsgrove and Redditch to have their blood pressure checked and, if needs be, to make lifestyle changes to bring the readings down.
They include being more active, eating more healthily, giving up smoking, drinking alcohol more sensibly and making more relaxation time for themselves.
Rachel Seyler, The Stroke Association's senior prevention marketing officer, said: “Although it is the single biggest risk factor for stroke, high blood pressure has no symptoms.
"Sadly people often only find out that they have it once it is too late.
"By knowing and managing your blood pressure, you can take control of your health and reduce your risk of stroke.”
Richard Davies, the RBBCCG's assistant clinical chair, said the organisation knew high blood pressure was a real issue and added it was committed to working with patients in the two towns to lower high blood pressures.
"Anyone concerned about their blood pressure, and who would like to know more about how to manage it, should visit their local pharmacy or GP.
"Most local GP surgeries have blood pressure machines in their waiting rooms which can be used by patients.”
To find out more about preventing a stroke, visit the Life After Stroke Centre, Church Lane, Bromsgrove, or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 303 3100.
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