VICTORIANS are being urged to take five minutes out of their day for a potentially life-saving blood pressure check.
More than one million people in Victoria are living with hypertension or high blood pressure, putting themselves at serious and unnecessary risk of stroke.
Research has shown the number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 per cent) if high blood pressure alone was eliminated.
The major concern with high blood pressure is many people don’t realise they have it.
It has no immediate symptoms, but over time, it damages blood vessels and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
I am urging everyone – no matter what age you are – to have a blood pressure check regularly with your GP (general practitioner), pharmacist or via a digital health check machine.
Yesterday was World Hypertension Day, which kicks off this year’s Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check campaign.
Stroke Foundation CEO