Elaine Thurgood, of Tugun Chemmart Pharmacy, testing blood pressure.
Elaine Thurgood, of Tugun Chemmart Pharmacy, testing blood pressure. John Gass

Pressure check could save life

NATIONAL Heart Foundation research shows heart disease is the No.1 killer of Australian women.

The fact has formed the motivation for an initiative by all Australian Chemmart Pharmacies to raise awareness and information of the problem.

Tugun Chemmart's blood pressure challenge will urge all to have their blood pressure checked.

Tugun pharmacist Chris Testa said the campaign would run until March 4, with the aim of completing 10,000 blood pressure tests in one week nationally.

"Many people think heart disease only affects older men, but this is wrong," Mr Testa said.

"Statistics from the National Heart Foundation show that women are four times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer."

Two hundred Chemmarts across the country will take part in the challenge.

Mr Testa said blood pressure testing could indicate if people are at risk of heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases as well as helping to manage other health issues.

"Current statistics also show that as many as one in three adults suffer from high blood pressure which, if left untreated, can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack.

"The Chemmart blood pressure challenge is all about raising awareness of this common health condition.

"Having regular checks will enable you to monitor any blood pressure issues and means you may be able to take steps to address these before any serious problems arise."

A blood pressure test only takes a few minutes and those tested will get an information card which includes advice and tips on how to manage their blood pressure.

"What many people don't realise is that blood pressure testing can be done quickly and easily at our pharmacy.

"For customers seeking a more comprehensive assessment of their overall health, we can also offer them a 20-minute health check.

"This will give them an indication of their risk of a range of conditions including heart disease and type two diabetes.

"We're encouraging people to visit the pharmacy during the challenge week to try the service out for themselves - it may just make a huge difference to your overall wellbeing," Mr Testa said.

Blood pressure checks will cost a gold coin donation for charity, while the 20-minute check-ups costs $20.



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