November 16, 2020
Maori at greater risk from heart irregularity
The Heart Foundation is keen for Māori to take the opportunity to get free pulse checks this week.
Medical director Dr Gerry Devlin says atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm which can result in an increased risk of stroke and heart failure, affects more than one in 35 New Zealanders aged between 35 and 74.
Atrial fibrillation is more common as we age, and on average Māori people are more affected and tend to develop the condition 10 years younger than non-Māori.
The Heart Foundation is running the checks at 19 spots around New Zealand .
People can also check their own pulse by placing three fingers on the inside of their wrist and counting each beat for 30 seconds.
If their pulse seems irregular or seems to be ‘jumping around’ they should see their doctor.
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