Taking Action On Stroke in Croydon


By - Monday 5th May, 2014

As part of Action On Stroke Month, the Stroke Association Croydon Group will be looking to save lives by offering residents free blood pressure checking at the Carers Support Centre on 13th May 2014.

Release begins: Everyone is invited to stop by to have their BP checked and to find out more about reducing their stroke risk. The group works with people who have aphasia and meets regularly at the Aphasia Café to share news and chat about their recovery.

Carole Coupe, a Coordinator from Stroke Association Croydon said: “A stroke is a brain attack, which occurs because of a clot or a bleed in the brain, causing brain cells to die. Although it’s one of the UK’s biggest killers and leading causes of complex disability, far too many people don’t understand it or ever think it will happen to them. We understand the impact stroke can have on stroke survivors and their carers.”

The Carers Support Centre is a carer’s hub that runs regular advice surgeries. Around 13,500 people have a stroke every year in London and over 128,000 people are living in London with the effects of stroke. A third of stroke survivors have aphasia. The condition can affect a person’s ability to speak, understand what is being said, and their reading or writing skills. It does not affect intelligence, although sometimes people think it does.

High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke and the causes of half of all strokes. Carole adds: “There are around 16 million people in the UK who have high blood pressure, yet as it has no symptoms many people are completely unaware that they have it. The blood pressure check is a quick, painless and free, so pop down and see us on the 13 May.”

The team will be set up in the Carers Support Centre on George Street in Croydon from 10am – 4pm on Tuesday 13 May 2014.

Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal & General. To find out more, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth

Release ends.

Contact: To find out more please contact Carole Coupe on 0207 733 9927.

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