Know your blood pressure? Free blood pressure checking service arrives in Brent

26 August 2016

Stroke Association volunteers


The UK's leading charity for people affected by stroke has teamed up with Brent Council, to offer a free blood pressure measuring service that could save lives.



Hosted by Wembley Library at the Brent Civic Centre and run in partnership with the Stroke Association, the drop-in sessions are held every third Friday of the month until the end of the year, between 11am and 2pm.



Trained Stroke Association volunteers will measure residents' blood pressure, check their level of risk and provide advice on maintaining their blood pressure at a healthy level.




Barry Coppock, a Stroke Association volunteer whose mother suffered from six strokes before passing away, said:



"You can have high blood pressure and feel fine, but that's because it has no symptoms.



"The only way to confirm if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked, which people who are otherwise healthy tend not to do as they have no reason to visit their GP.



"This is particularly important, as the majority of strokes could be prevented if high blood pressure is detected early enough."



Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:



"People with high blood pressure often have no symptoms and if left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues, such as heart disease or a stroke.



"I would urge as many people as possible to take just a few minutes to have their blood pressure measured.



"It's quick to do and at the very least will give you peace of mind if there is no risk, but at the same time it just might save your life."



You can find out more about future sessions here.