Free blood pressure checks for Stroke Week!

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke – but many Kiwis don’t know they have it.

As part of Stroke Week (2-8 October) the Stroke Foundation is giving thousands of people the chance to get their blood pressure checked – for free.

It’s called the Big Blood Pressure Check.

We want 20,000 New Zealanders to come along to one of our 200 testing stations throughout the country on between 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 7.

The painless test only takes a minute – but could make a lifetime of difference.

Last year, more than 16,000 people got their blood pressure checked.

Of those tested, one in ten were referred to their GP because of a high blood pressure reading. In a follow up survey of participants, 51% said they were now taking action to better control their blood pressure.

 That’s action which could save their lives.

“High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” for good reason,” Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian says.

“In fact, a person with high blood pressure is up to seven times more likely to have a stroke than someone with normal or low blood pressure.”

So be in the know – keep it low!

There’s a full list of testing sites at: https://strokewise.org.nz/blood-pressure-check-locations/

The Stroke Foundation is grateful to New World, Pak’n Save, St John, Wellington Free Ambulance, Rotary and stroke clubs for their help and support