According to Statistics Canada, heart disease is the second-leading cause of mortality in the country, accounting for nearly one in five deaths. It is therefore important to take care of your heart to live a long and healthy life. Your pharmacist can help you prevent complications and manage your cardiovascular health.
SERVICES FROM YOUR PHARMACIST
Several services* related to cardiovascular health are offered in pharmacy:
- Medication adjustment
- Hypertension monitoring
- Prescription of certain tests: coagulation test (INR) and cholesterol measurement
*These services are offered at participating pharmacies only.
HYPERTENSION & SELF-MONITORING
It can sometimes be difficult for people with high blood pressure to understand or feel the benefits of their treatment. Blood pressure readings are an important indication of whether the treatment for hypertension is working, and can help determine whether your treatment needs to be adjusted.
ADVICE ON OTC MEDICATION
If you don’t know which over-the-counter medication to choose to relieve your symptoms, don’t be shy to ask your pharmacist!
If you are taking medication for your heart, your pharmacist could suggest some tests to determine if your blood pressure or your cholesterol are well managed.
For certain types of medication and conditions like COPD, your pharmacist can make sure that all your medications are combined into one.