Southport residents have been tested for high blood pressure to help them detect the condition, with the tests being carried out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Across Cheshire and Merseyside, around 550,000 people are thought to have high blood pressure, including up to 150,000 people who don’t yet know they are affected.

High blood pressure is called a silent killer as it often doesn’t have any symptoms, but if left untreated, the condition can lead to a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.

A screening programme funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and carried out by the Champs Public Health Collabor- ative has seen fire service staff carry out the tests.

The programme began in August 2018 and has seen a number of community blood pressure testing events, including partner- ing with the local fire and rescue service and investing in a mobile health kiosk, Wellpoint.