Robert Buckland MP encourages residents to have free blood pressure test in bid to conquer strokes in Swindon

Robert Buckland MP has joined forces with Rotary Club of Swindon and the Stroke Association to invite residents to have a free blood pressure test in a bid to conquer strokes in Swindon.

High blood pressure causes over half of all strokes and over seven million people across the UK don’t even know that they suffer from it.

Representatives will be on hand to offer advice and support on Saturday 22 April between 10.00 – 1.00pm at Old Town Co-op, Newport Street, Old Town, Swindon.

Robert Buckland MP commented: “I have met with many of my constituents who have suffered a stroke and spoken with them about the impact on their own life and the lives of those around them.

“Over half of all strokes can be caused by high blood pressure and having yours checked could save your life.”

Ian Sharpe, President of Rotary Club of Swindon said: “Rotary is proud to work with the Stroke Association delivering blood pressure checking events throughout April and the rest of the year. Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK, but with events like these, we hope to change this. A blood pressure test is quick and painless, and it could save your life.”

Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy at the Stroke Association, said: “There are over nine and a half million people in the UK with high blood pressure and seven million remain undiagnosed. It only takes a moment to check your blood pressure and maintaining a healthy blood pressure is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of a stroke.” 

In addition to the events taking place on Saturday 22 April, there will be blood pressure checks at community events throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.