This month, Discount Drug Stores is providing free heart health screenings as part of its Wellness Revolution campaign
The pharmacy group is highlighting that high blood pressure remains the most common risk factor of heart disease, Australia’s single leading cause of death.
DDS is aiming to perform 10,000 blood pressure checks via their free screenings running between from August until 27 September.
With 73% of Australians aged 30 to 65 years old having at least one risk factor linked to heart disease, DDS is urging Australians to prioritise their health and visit a local DDS pharmacy for a free screening.
Melissa Hui, Discount Drug Stores’ Professional Services Manager, says a pharmacist can provide insight on what can be done to minimise symptoms and help detect the signs earlier among those at risk.
“Heart disease and cardiovascular disease will impact the lives, either directly or indirectly, of almost every Australian,” Mrs Hui says.
“That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the risks and how small changes to your lifestyle may help to combat the disease.
“High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so a simple blood pressure check is important to reveal any early risk indicators for heart disease.
“Smoking, an unhealthy diet, minimal physical activity, stressful work-life balance, depression, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are just a few factors which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
“Acknowledging and addressing these factors can play a significant role in preventing heart disease and other cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke.”
In addition to the blood pressure checks, DDS pharmacists will conduct clinics to assess the risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, as well as providing tips on how to lower their risk by reviewing current medication and lifestyle habits.