Reduce your risk of a stroke by getting life saving check

BUNDABERG residents are being encouraged to reduce their stroke risk by participating in a free, quick and potentially life-saving health check.

Friendly Society Pharmacy will offer free Know your numbers health checks to local residents from Tuesday, April 26 to Friday, April 29, as part of Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check.

Friendly Society Pharmacy head pharmacist Andrew Monk said the fast and simple blood pressure checks along with a cardiovascular and diabetes risk assessments could help identify those at risk of stroke.

"Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check is all about helping residents find out more about their blood pressure and if they are at risk of stroke," Mr Monk said.

"High blood pressure is among the most important known risk factors for stroke, causing damage to blood vessel walls, which may eventually lead to a stroke.

"More than 802,000 Queenslanders are living with high blood pressure and many don't know it. The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it checked - high blood pressure is known as a 'silent killer' for a reason.

"We're calling on locals to stop in to Friendly Society Pharmacy for a free health check. It will only take five minutes and could save your life,'' he said.

Stroke Foundation Queensland Executive Officer Libby Dunstan said the Friendly Society Pharmacy would join other Know your numbers sites across Queensland taking part in Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check.

"This month, Know your numbers sites are delivering free health checks across the state, helping to raise awareness of stroke and stroke risks,'' Ms Dunstan said.

"Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check will help people understand if they are at risk of stroke and what to do to reduce that risk. It will also help people understand their risk of other, associated diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

"Too many Australians are unaware of their stroke risk and what they can do to manage it. With stroke it is the simple things that can make a difference - control your blood pressure, don't smoke, exercise, maintain a healthy diet and regularly consult with your health professional to reduce your risk of stroke. 

"Queenslanders experienced more than 9400 strokes last year, many of which may have been preventable.

"I encourage Bundaberg residents to visit the Friendly Society Pharmacy to take advantage of the free checks and find out more about stroke,'' she said.



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