Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I THANK the thou­sands of Aus­tralians who helped take the pres­sure down this April by par­tic­i­pat­ing in Aus­tralia’s Big­gest Blood Pres­sure Check.

Dur­ing April, the Stroke Foun­da­tion, in part­ner­ship with Price­line Phar­macy, aimed to de­liver 50,000 free blood pres­sure checks and raise vi­tal aware­ness of the risks as­so­ci­ated with stroke.

With your sup­port, we ex­ceeded this to­tal, de­liv­er­ing more than 56,000 checks across the coun­try.

The check is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to learn about stroke and how they can re­duce the risk of hav­ing one.

In fact, one in three of those who com­pleted the stroke risk rat­ing were found to be at high risk and were re­ferred to their doc­tor for ad­vice on how to lower their blood pres­sure, re­duce their risk of stroke and im­prove their health.

Ev­ery 10 min­utes an Aus­tralian has a stroke. Ev­ery 10 min­utes some­one's life changes.

More Aus­tralians are now aware of their stroke risk than ever be­fore. Nev­er­the­less, our work does not stop here - it is our mis­sion to en­sure ev­ery­one un­der­stands what a stroke is and what he or she can do to avoid hav­ing one.

I know we can fight stroke and win. SHARON McGOWAN, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stroke Foun­da­tion, Mel­bourne.

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