A community stroke prevention event is taking place at The Traders Fair in St Nicholas' Church Gardens in Whitehaven today.
85% of strokes can be prevented through health checks and healthier lifestyle choices.
The Copeland Community Stroke Prevention Project, which is made up of a number of health groups, pharmacies and the local NHS, will be offering free blood pressure and pulse rate readings.
The tests aim to detect high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, which are both conditions that increase the risk of a stroke but can be treated relatively easily.
Participants will also be given advice on ways to improve health and decrease their chance of having a stroke such as healthy eating, regular exercise and stopping smoking.
People who cannot attend the event but wish to have tests can consider the following:
- Visit a pharmacy taking part in the project
- Make an appointment at your GP practice
The event comes less than one year after the acute stroke services from West Cumberland Hospital were moved to Carlisle Infirmary.