Finger on the pulse
FINGER ON THE PULSE: Heart Foundation New Zealand heart health advocate Kerrin Nalder tests the pulse rate of George Hokianga. Ms Nalder has been at Pak'nSave Gisbornethis week — which is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week — providing free pulse checks to customers. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm, which results in poor blood flow and an increased risk of failure and stroke for some. It can strike adults at any age. It is estimated nearly one in 35 New Zealanders between the age of 35 and 74 have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The heart foundation funds cutting-edge research and specialist training for cardiologists, while education and prevention programmes address heart disease head-on in the community.
Picture by Paul Rickard