Public urged to think about blood pressure

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Members of the public have been urged to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis.

The check could help identify a range of health issues and could help to prevent people from suffering strokes.

The Stroke Association visited Haverhill market on Friday (May 15) to engage with the public and to warn them of the dangers of high blood pressure.

Working alongside the Haverhill Stroke Group, they took people’s blood pressure readings and offered advice. In some instances, they recommended people visited the doctor after having their blood pressure taken.

Elaine Monsen of the Stroke Association, said: “We raised £50 and I recorded 15 blood pressures, most of which were on the high side.

“We even sent some people to see the doctor after their readings. It’s not just older people that should be looking at this. Strokes affect younger people too.”

The Stroke Association meets in Haverhill every Friday at 1.30pm in the community room of Haverhill fire station.

They provide peer support for stroke survivors and deliver physiotherapy and speech therapy.