The Rotary Club of Kerikeri will help give free blood pressure tests to more people than ever before in the Stroke Foundation’s sixth annual blood pressure awareness day on Saturday 4 October.
With almost every New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarket in New Zealand taking part, last year’s record of 22,000 shoppers tested or given information looks set to be broken. The free tests will be available between 10am and 2pm as part of the Stroke Foundation’s campaign to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.
Rotary Club of Kerikeri volunteers will help St John paramedics carry out the tests on the day.
Strokes are the third largest killer in New Zealand and a major cause of disability in this country. Despite this, at least one in three New Zealanders are unable to recognise the signs of a stroke. This means medical assistance is likely to be delayed when a stroke does occur.
There is a very strong association between high blood pressure and strokes.
“This is a great opportunity for people in the Bay of Islands area to have a quick, simple and painless check,” said Bruce Mathieson, president of the Rotary Club of Kerikeri.
“It can be hard to make the time for something as simple as a blood pressure check, or we just don’t think about it, and yet it could end up saving our lives. Many people with high blood pressure probably don’t even know they have it.
“Rotary works for the community and part of that involves supporting people to stay healthy, so we’d really encourage you to come along on Saturday for a free test.”
Mathieson said information about blood pressure and other risk factors for stroke would be provided during the check, and people with raised blood pressure will be referred to their GPs for medical advice and treatment.
“The big thing is to know what your blood pressure should be, have it checked regularly, and remember that the lower your blood pressure the less likely you are to have a stroke.”
You can find your nearest participating supermarket or other venue at www.stroke.org.nz.
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