Written by Poppy Walker
A Brixton swimming group jumped at the opportunity to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign by getting tested in Brockwell Lido.
Brockwell Icicles winter swimmer Katie Kingwell said: “It’s a fun way to raise awareness of a great cause: a stroke can happen at any age, so there really is no excuse not to get yourself checked regularly.”
Deputy director for the Stroke Association in London, Tracy Douthwaite, said: “High blood pressure contributes to about 50 per cent of strokes and is the biggest controllable risk factor for the condition. I have to thank the Brockwell Icicles for being such amazing sports, that water is pretty cold!”
National Know Your Blood Pressure Day, which is on Saturday, aims to raise awareness across the UK about the link between blood pressure and stroke.
For more information on blood pressure testing, visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp.