Ahead of RedFeb Heart Research Month, Discount Drug Stores is urging all Australians to make their heart health a priority
The pharmacy chain is asking consumers to be proactive about checking and monitoring their blood pressure, to ensure any potential heart conditions are detected and managed early.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia: an average 54 heart disease-related deaths occur each day, and someone suffers a heart attack every nine minutes.
To help Australians manage their heart health, DDS are offering free blood pressure monitoring services so Australians can receive a quick and convenient blood pressure reading.
The group’s pharmacists also have the option to provide a graphed map of results for the patient to take to their doctor, so they can continually monitor their blood pressure.
National Professional Services Manager and pharmacist Stephenie Shea highlights the importance of monitoring blood pressure.
She encourages people who are time poor in particular to access DDS pharmacies to fit more frequent monitoring fits into their schedules, adding that many people are likely unaware that hot summer weather can also impact blood pressure.
“Dehydration can negatively impact your blood pressure,” says Ms Shea.
“Simple changes like reducing your salt intake, limiting alcohol consumption and doing more exercise can help to effectively manage and control high blood pressure.”