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17 May, 2021

Mission: Pressure down Queensland

STROKE Foundation is on a mission tosave lives by getting as many people in Queensland as possible to check their blood pressure this monthas part of Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check.

High blood pressure is the single largest risk factor for stroke, but it can be preventedor managed.

Stroke Foundation Queensland State Manager Andrea Sanders saidtoday is World Hypertension Day, and it’s a timely reminder of the importance of regular blood pressure checks.

“Almost 900,000 people in Queensland are living with high blood pressure, many unknowingly, putting themselves at serious and unnecessary risk of stroke,” Ms Sanders said.

“You may think your health is fine,but high blood pressure often has no immediate symptoms.

"Over time it puts extra stress on blood vessel walls. This can cause them to narrow or break down, increasing the risk of stroke and heart disease.

“The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of stroke."

Stroke strikes the brain and can change lives in an instant, but research shows 48 percent of strokes could be prevented if high blood pressure alone was eliminated.

Major contributors to high blood pressure include poor diet (especially high salt intake), being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption and insufficient physical activity.

It can be managed with medication and by living a healthy, active lifestyle. Community Pharmacy Network Blooms The Chemist is proud to partner with Stroke Foundation onAustralia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check to encourage people to prioritise their health and reduce their risk of stroke.

Head of Pharmacy at Blooms The Chemist Eric Chan said even younger people in their 20s can be impacted by the adverse effects of having high blood pressure.

"We all know how important itis to maintain our health and wellness. Getting into the habit of having a regular blood pressure check could save your life," Mr Chan said.

“I encourage all people in Queensland to get involved in Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check this May and complete a regular blood pressure check at your local Bloom The Chemist or with your GP (General Practitioner).

The theme of World Hypertension Day is measureyour blood pressure accurately, control it, live longer.Statistics

•5,371 people in Queenslandhada stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020.

•87,676 people are living with the impact of stroke in the communityin Queensland.

•897,500 people in Queensland are living with high blood pressure

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