Free Health Checks Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Free health checks being offered in Portland this month could be a life saver.

Portland District Health (PDH) and Amcal Pharmacy are combining to offer the free stroke and heart risk checks.

The program which has run for the past six years is continuing as a local initiative despite the loss of funding.

PDH and Amcal Pharmacy have worked together since 2008 to promote awareness regarding the importance of blood pressure checks and stroke prevention. However, this year Stroke Foundation funding for the 'Know your Numbers' program has been axed.

PDH Community Health Nurse Rosemary Cole said that blood pressure awareness is so important that despite Stroke Foundation funding cuts, PDH and Amcal would continue to offer free blood pressure checks and stroke prevention information.

Too often people are unaware that their blood pressure is high,that's why high blood pressure is often called the silent killer because there may be no symptoms, Ms Cole said.

The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it checked.

Nearly four million Australians over 25 have high blood pressure but many do not know their blood pressure numbers.

Stroke is Australia's second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability. This year Australians will suffer 50,000 new and recurrent strokes - that's almost 1000 strokes a week. For more information visit:

PDH, together with Jayson Killick, who is the StrokeSafe ambassador for Victoria and Amcal, will be running a free health check station offering free blood pressure checks to community members at Amcal Portland on Wednesday May 21 from 1-3 pm, Thursday May 22 from 10am-12 noon and 1-3 pm and Friday May 23 from 1-3 pm.

For more information contact Rosemary Cole, Phone 55221175.

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