Have you got two minutes?
It’s World Stroke Day…
Did you know it only takes two minutes to have your blood pressure checked?
To mark the day and raise awareness, the Irish Heart Foundation and global healthcare provider Covidien are providing free blood pressure checks around the country today to help raise awareness of the threat of stroke.
Despite being the second leading cause of death worldwide, many people still do not recognise the threat stroke poses or know the warning signs, according to a new public opinion study sponsored by Covidien and the World Stroke Campaign.
And the IHF is concerned that most people are unaware of the risk factors of stroke.
Medical Director Dr Angie Brown says: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms so that a person can feel fine and look fine but on the inside silent damage is happening to blood vessels, which can lead to a stroke. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure are three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack compared to people with healthy or controlled blood pressure.
Heart experts say you can reduce your risk of stroke with a healthy lifestyle – make sure to reduce high blood pressure, which combined with a healthy weight, being more active and consuming less salt, fatty foods and alcohol should help lower the risk of stroke.
So why not pop along today and get your blood pressure checked? It will only take a couple of minutes and might save your life. Check out your nearest location here.
If you need further information, please visit www.stroke.ie.
You can check out the new Covidien stroke campaign Take 2 … Tell 2 – which focuses on what can be achieved in just two minutes – having every person take two minutes to raise their awareness about stroke and then telling two people about those signs.
We wrote about the signs of stroke recently here.