The Stroke Association marked World Stroke Day on Thursday, October 29 by hosting Stroke in the City in Chester.

The association offered free blood pressure checks to visitors at the Forum Shopping Centre on Northgate Street. They also provided information and advice to raise awareness of the causes of stroke, as well as details of support available in the local area.

High blood pressure is the biggest controllable risk factor for stroke, contributing to about half of all strokes. Almost a quarter of people in the North West are living with high blood pressure.

Communication support coordinator at the Stroke Association in Chester Emma Brunes said: “This World Stroke Day, we’re encouraging everyone to come along to Stroke in the City and find out more about the risk factors for stroke. Getting tested is simple; blood pressure tests are quick and painless. We hope to see lots of people on Thursday when they can learn about how to help prevent stroke.”

World Stroke Day takes place each year on October 29. Since 2006, World Stroke Day has highlighted the worldwide rates of stroke, raised awareness of the steps that can be taken to prevent stroke and called for better support for stroke survivors and carers.