Blood Glucose Testing
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Maintaining healthy blood pressure is important because high blood pressure is a risk factor for diseases such as heart attack, kidney failure and stroke.
If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. This is also known as hypertension.
As a result, over time this strain can cause the arteries to become thicker and less flexible, or to become clogged with fatty plaques. While hypertension does not produce any symptoms, it places stress on different organs of the body, and can result in conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke.
Keeping a close eye on your blood pressure is a good way to catch changes early and take appropriate action.
A good way to monitor your blood pressure is through in-pharmacy blood-pressure monitoring and recording.
These services support patients to self-monitor blood pressure as a cardiovascular disease screening/monitoring service, often with referral to medical support when necessary.
The good news is that there are many ways in which you can lower your blood pressure and put less strain on your arteries and heart.
Many of these are lifestyle changes which your pharmacist can help you with.
Read about the causes, symptoms, and how to control your blood pressure, along with how to manage your risk of heart disease.
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