A leading charity is urging people to pay closer attention to their blood pressure, in order to reduce their risk of stroke.
It is estimated that around 40 per cent of the 150,000 strokes that occur each year could be prevented if high blood pressure was controlled, according to the Stroke Association.
As a result the charity is throwing its support behind the Know Your Blood Pressure campaign, which will provide blood pressure and stroke advice to anyone at 600 events across the country.
Laura Dart, deputy director of communications at the Stroke Association, said: "High blood pressure is often called the silent killer as it does not always have any symptoms.
"Having this quick and simple test could save your life so come along to one of our 600 events taking place across the UK on and around April 17th."
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