Keeping the blood pressure down

UNDER PRESSURE: Te Wiremu House registered nurse Delores Woodcock (left) takes the blood pressure of caregiver Annie Sutton (seated) while facility manager Lynette Stankovich (back) and clinical services manager Terry Rickard (right) look on. Picture by Liam Clayton

Ten million.

That is how many people will have their blood pressure checked in May if the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) reaches their goal during May Measurement Month.

It is a global awareness campaign initiated by ISH, which represents the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension research.

The number one contributing risk factor for global death is raised blood pressure — causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications

According to ISH, 10 million lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure.

Last Friday on World Hypertension Day, Te Wiremu House decided to join the campaign.

Te Wiremu House facility manager Lynette Stankovich said free blood pressure checks were available for most of the day.

“Many visitors come to Te Wiremu House to visit residents,” she said

“Some drive or fly long distances.

“It can be stressful when loved ones are unwell.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke but many New Zealanders, particularly Maori, don’t know they have it.

“But it’s easy to detect and can be treated.

“This should prevent unnecessary hospitalisations,” said Ms Stankovich.

“So thank you to Te Wiremu Nurses who took the blood pressures.”

Ten million.

That is how many people will have their blood pressure checked in May if the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) reaches their goal during May Measurement Month.

It is a global awareness campaign initiated by ISH, which represents the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension research.

The number one contributing risk factor for global death is raised blood pressure — causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications

According to ISH, 10 million lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure.

Last Friday on World Hypertension Day, Te Wiremu House decided to join the campaign.

Te Wiremu House facility manager Lynette Stankovich said free blood pressure checks were available for most of the day.

“Many visitors come to Te Wiremu House to visit residents,” she said

“Some drive or fly long distances.

“It can be stressful when loved ones are unwell.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke but many New Zealanders, particularly Maori, don’t know they have it.

“But it’s easy to detect and can be treated.

“This should prevent unnecessary hospitalisations,” said Ms Stankovich.

“So thank you to Te Wiremu Nurses who took the blood pressures.”

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