New data reveals alarming stroke risk

Stroke Foundation ambassadors Sam and Sascha get checked

Thousands of Australian men have been putting themselves at serious risk of a devastating stroke and the majority had no idea, new data show.

As Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check heads into its final week, more than 41% of men tested have been urgently referred onto their doctor for advice on how to lower their stroke risk and improve their health.

The checks are taking place in Priceline Pharmacy stores, selected Westfield shopping centers and Know your Numbers sites in Queensland.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan urged both men and women to continue to take advantage of the free checks.

“Shockingly, more than 3,500 men have been found to be at high risk of stroke, putting themselves at serious risk or disability or even death,’’ McGowan says.

“These men—and their families—are the lucky ones, they have taken advantage of the free checks, know their stroke risk and can now take action to reduce it.

“It is frightening to think how many men are still out there, living with high blood pressure and other risk factors, with no idea they are at risk of stroke.

“Those that have been referred on include young professionals, family men, tradies and retirees—stroke does not discriminate.”

McGowan says 26% of women tested had also been urgently referred onto their doctor after discovering they were at high risk of stroke.

Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Priceline Pharmacy, is aiming to deliver 50,000 free blood pressure checks around the country and raise vital awareness of the risks associated with stroke as part of Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check.

McGowan says it is estimated around four million Australians are living with high blood pressure and many did not know it, due to the lack of symptoms.

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