Monday 18th March 2019

Free blood pressure check could help guard against stroke

When did you last get your blood pressure checked? Did you know that regular blood pressure checks are the best defence against strokes?

Tauranga residents are being invited to get a free blood pressure check at Tauranga Hospital between 2-4.30pm on Wednesday 27 March.

"High blood pressure is the number one cause of strokes," said Stroke Foundation CEO Mark Vivian. "But because it shows no symptoms, it's sometimes called the "silent killer". That's why regular blood pressure checks are so important."

The Stroke Foundation's Big Blood Pressure Van is travelling the country, giving thousands of New Zealanders a potentially life-saving check - for free.

"Already it's helped dozens of people diagnose their high blood pressure - and ensured they get medical attention which might save them from a devastating stroke," added Mark.

"The van will be situated in Tauranga Hospital's top car park, closest to the main entrance, giving you a chance to take the test.

"It's easy, painless and only takes a minute - but it could save you from a lifetime of disability," said Mark. "So arm yourself against stroke - get a free blood pressure check."


Free BP checks

Stroke Foundation of New Zealand staff will be on hand to assist you (image
supplied by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand)


For more details contact:
James Fuller
Communications Advisor - Bay of Plenty District Health Board




Last updated: August 23, 2019