Blood Pressure Campaign
The Big New Zealand Blood Pressure Check takes place every October. Thanks to all our volunteers from Rotary, St John and Wellington Free without whom the campaign would be impossible. Have a look at our Facebook page to see some pictures from the 2016 event. Download the evaluation report on the campaign, produced in a handy infographic format this year.
Please keep an eye on our Strokewise web page for more information on this year's event and a list of venues near you.
Why blood pressure?
Failure to detect and control high blood pressure is the single biggest cause of avoidable strokes. High blood pressure puts too much pressure and stress on the walls of blood vessels and increases the risk of both haemorrhages and blood clots. 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. Click on the leaflet picture below to read more.
Listen to Mau Moananu's story and why he is urging everyone to get their blood pressure checked regularly:
Monitoring Your Own Blood Pressure
Increasingly New Zealanders are monitoring their own blood pressure using battery operated digital monitors. The Stroke Foundation has prepared a short video demonstrating the correct use of two blood pressure monitors.
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