BROMSGROVE and Redditch residents’ blood pressure is seven per cent higher on average compared to the rest of the country, according to new figures.

The Stroke Association’s figures were compiled at events held in the two towns in November and December, where people’s blood pressures were checked and compared with national data.

The association and Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (RBCCG) have launched a campaign to raise awareness of stroke and its biggest risk factor; high blood pressure.

Those who have not done so are being urged to get their pressure checked, and have issued tips that will help lead people to having lower pressure readings.

The advice includes being more active, eating healthily, giving up smoking and drinking sensibly.

Rachel Seyler, the association’s senior prevention marketing officer, said: “Although it is the single biggest risk factor for stroke, high blood pressure has no symptoms.

“Sadly people often only find out that they have it once it is too late.

“By knowing and managing your blood pressure, you can take control of your health and reduce your risk of stroke.”

Richard Davies, assistant clinical chair, said: “We know that high blood pressure is a real issue and we’re committed to continuing our work with patients in Redditch and Bromsgrove to lower high blood pressures.

“Anyone concerned about their blood pressure, and who would like to know more about how to manage it, should visit their local pharmacy or GP.”

For more information visit the Life After Stroke Centre in Church Lane, or call the helpline on 0303 303 3100.