Nurses in town for Doncaster stroke campaign

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NHS nurses will be offering health checks today in Doncaster town centre as part of a stroke awareness campaign.

They are working with the Rotary Club to carry out blood pressure tests at a stall at Clock Corner, Baxtergate, which will also be in the town centre on Friday and Saturday, from 10am until 4pm.

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland are organising sessions all across the country.

A spokesman said: “Every year, over 100,000 people in the UK suffer strokes for the first time - 10,000 of them are under retirement age. Of these, nearly 700 people a week will die. Some factors that increase the risk of suffering a stroke such as ageing cannot be changed, however, other factors, which result from a person’s lifestyle such as high salt consumption can be more easily addressed.

“Controlling high blood pressure is vital. It is estimated that four out of 10 deaths due to stroke could have been prevented if high blood pressure had been diagnosed and properly controlled.”