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St John is encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked for free on Saturday 14 May*. See www.stroke.org.nz for location details. The free checks are available right around the country and are part of the Stroke Foundation's national campaign to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

St John Medical Director Tony Smith says we are pleased to be supporting the campaign, and will be providing checks right around the country.

"This is a good opportunity for people to have a quick, painless check," he says.

"We're all so busy with families, work, sport and other activities that it can be hard to make the time for something as simple as a blood pressure check, and yet it could end up saving our lives. It's easy for high blood pressure to go undetected.

"St John is committed to helping the community to stay healthy, and we'd really encourage you to come along for a free test.

Information about blood pressure and other risk factors for stroke will be provided during the check, and people with raised blood pressure will be referred to their GPs for medical advice and treatment.

"The big thing is to know what your blood pressure should be, have it checked regularly, and remember that treating high blood pressure reduces the chance that you will have a stroke" he says.

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