Local people in Harrow have been educated on the risk and signs of stroke at a blood pressure clinic, as part of an award-winning partnership between Vision Express and the Stroke Association.
The Know Your Blood Pressure event was held at Vision Express’ store in the St George’s Centre in a bid to reduce the risk of stroke in the borough and highlight high blood pressure as a contributing factor in around half of all strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
One local resident, Mrs Kafka, who had visited Vision Express for some advice in the lead up to her cataract surgery, valued the convenience of the opportunity to have the free check-up while she waited. “I am glad I was able to get it checked at the store as the machine in the waiting room at my doctors is broken,” says the 70-year-old. “My blood pressure is fine but I’m glad I had it tested for peace of mind.”
Reassured that her blood pressure was also fine, Cristina David, team leader at the Vision Express Harrow store, highlighted the importance of having regular readings taken, especially when there is a family history of stroke.