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"Vital" to get blood pressure checked

6th June 2007

It is vital that people to get their blood pressure checked so that strokes can be prevented, according to the Stroke Association.

The charity works to combat stroke in people of all ages. It funds research into prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as providing assistance to families.

Every year more than 130,000 people in the UK have a stroke. It is the third most common cause of death in the UK and the single biggest cause of disability.

Although often associated with older people, a quarter of strokes occur in people aged under 65.

Angela Rowlands, spokesperson for the Stroke Association, offered advice about reducing the risk of stroke: "High blood pressure is the biggest risk factor.

"It is just all the basic prevention messages…not smoking or binge-drinking, exercising, keeping healthy, things like that.

"But the biggest thing is high blood pressure because… a lot of people don't know they've got high blood pressure so it's just making sure you get yourself tested."