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Chichester stroke survivor encourages checks

Stuart Martin, from Summersdale had a stroke six years ago. He wants to encourage people to have their blood pressure checked SUS-140331-121039001

Stuart Martin, from Summersdale had a stroke six years ago. He wants to encourage people to have their blood pressure checked SUS-140331-121039001

BLOOD pressure checks are set to take place in Chichester to help people reduce the risk of a stroke.

Stroke Association and Rotary International are holding the event, as part of Known Your Blood Pressure Day, at Boots, in North Street, Chichester on April 5.

Stuart Martin, of Hunter’s Way, Summersdale, had a stroke six years ago.

“I think anything to encourage people to be careful about blood pressure is to be commended,” he said.

“A lot of people just don’t want to know.

“I had no warning at all. I think someone had told me I had appeared stressed beforehand, but I had no particular symptoms.”

He said all strokes were different. “I’m doing better than when I got home, but not much. I still have a physio who takes me for a walk. It is very frustrating, the things I can’t do.

“The amount of care my wife has to provide is enormous.”

Richard Plowman, president of the Rotary Club of Chichester, said: “These events can play a big role in reducing strokes across the country.”

Rotary took nearly 43,000 blood pressure readings last year and nearly 7,000 people seen were advised to take action.

The free event will take place from 11am-3pm.

 

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