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The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has pledged its support to The Stroke Associations Know Your Blood Pressure campaign.  The campaign aims to raise awareness about high blood pressure and to offer free blood pressure readings, advice and information to people.

Studies have shown that around four fifths of men and two thirds of women with high blood pressure are not being treated.  It is estimated that 40% of all strokes can be prevented if blood pressure is measured.

High blood pressure puts a strain on blood vessels all over the body, including vital arteries to the brain, making it the biggest risk factor for a stroke.

High blood pressure often shows no symptoms.  There is no way of knowing that you have high blood pressure apart from having it measured and many people are unaware that they have it.  Look out for blood pressure screening sessions in your area or contact your GP Practice to get tested.

High blood pressure can be treated, or prevented, by making changes to your lifestyle, such as exercising more regularly, eating a healthier diet, and cutting back on your consumption of alcohol. Medicines are also available that can help lower your blood pressure. Your GP will decide on the best type of treatment needed based on your blood pressure levels.

The Face, Arm, Speech and Time (FAST) test can help people identify the signs of a stroke. Visit the Stroke Act F.A.S.T website for more information www.wales.nhs.uk/Actfast

You can get information and support if you or someone you care about has had a store by visiting  The Stroke Association www.stroke.org.uk/kybp, or call the Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm)

Further information:

Know Your Blood Pressure Information Leaflet

NHS Direct Wales Health Encyclopaedia

High Blood Pressure 

Stroke





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