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.