Free blood pressure checks

A volunteer helps a woman at a previous Stroke Foundation of New Zealand’s Big Blood Pressure Check day.

The community can get their blood pressure checked for free this Saturday at New World Wānaka. The complimentary opportunity is part of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand’s annual Big Blood Pressure Check day, which runs throughout NZ at PAK’nSAVE and New World market locations this month, including New World Cromwell.

Now in its 11th year, this is the first time the campaign will run for the entire month of October at Unichem and Life Pharmacies.

According to the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, therefore the only way to know if you are affected is to get tested.

“Getting a free blood pressure check this month could be a life saver,” said Mark Vivian, Stroke Foundation of New Zealand CEO. “High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke. One in five New Zealanders has high blood pressure but about a third of these people don’t know it.”

The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand team encourages everyone older than 45 years old to have an annual blood pressure check. They said a person with high blood pressure is up to seven times more likely to have a stroke compared to someone with normal or low blood pressure.

In the past 10 years, The Stroke Foundation of New Zealand has offered free blood pressure checks to around 150,000 New Zealanders during the Big Blood Pressure Check day.


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