Swaffham Rotarians offer blood pressure checks

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People in the Swaffham area are being encouraged to get their blood pressure checked at an event being hosted by a town community group this weekend.

Members of the town’s Rotary Club are working with health professionals to provide tests as part of their annual stroke awareness day at the Assembly Rooms, in the Market Place, this Saturday, April 30, from 9am.

The event is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure, which is the most common cause of strokes.

Around 120 people had their blood pressure checked at last year’s session.

Of those, at least 12 were encouraged to seek further medical advice from their own doctors.

The session supports the Stroke Association’s work to raise awareness of the risk of a stroke.

Although the number of cases has fallen significantly in the last two decades, the charity says strokes remain the fourth biggest cause of deaths in Britain.