Kirrie Rotarians to stage stroke awareness day

ROTARY “Stroke Awareness Day 2011” will see over 400 Rotary clubs taking to the high streets to take the public’s blood pressure.

Nurses from Kirriemuir Health Centre, assisted by Kirriemuir Rotary Club members, will be in Currie Accountants offices in Bank Street from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm this Saturday, offering to measure your blood pressure. On average, the awareness day will see like last year around 13,500 people step up to have their blood pressure taken, with just under 3,000 being advised to see their GP for more tests and a further 196 urged to seek medical advice immediately.

It’s fair to say that over the years, this event has prevented thousands of people suffering the sometimes fatal and often disabling consequences of a stroke. Rotary “Stroke Awareness Day” is run in partnership with The Stroke Association to help people better understand the relation between high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke. It is estimated that 40% of the 150,000 strokes suffered by people in the UK each year could be prevented. This condition can easily be controlled. “We recognise that one of the biggest challenges is to help people understand that strokes don’t just happen to other people,” explains a Stroke Association spokesperson.

“They can happen to anyone, at any age and the biggest single risk is high blood pressure.

“Rotarian volunteers play an invaluable role in reaching out to people, encouraging them to have regular checks and take action when needed. “Rotary clubs run their blood pressure check events in church halls, supermarkets, shopping centre’s, libraries and leisure centres, usually assisted by a small team of health professionals, perhaps a GP or practice nurse. Get your blood pressure checked regularly.”

Please note that some of the items to be auctioned at Kirriemuir Rotary Charity Auction, to be held at Cortachy Castle on April 15, will be on display at Stroke Awareness Day.