So, how is your heart health?

Guardian Phar­ma­cies can help you mon­i­tor the health of your heart in many ways

Central and North Burnett Times - - GUARDIAN PHARMACIES - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

AC­CORD­ING to The Heart Foun­da­tion about 55,000 Aus­tralians suf­fer a heart at­tack each year which equates to one heart at­tack ev­ery 10 min­utes.

Gayn­dah Guardian Phar­macy man­ager Sam Rowles ex­plains what a heart at­tack re­ally means.

“Heart at­tack is a lay­man’s term re­fer­ring to a nar­row­ing or block­age of the coro­nary ar­ter­ies that can kill,” Mrs Rowles said.

“Or re­quires some form of med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion such as med­i­ca­tion, time in hospi­tal, or heart surgery.”

The Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera Guardian Phar­ma­cies now have “Have you planned your Heart At­tack” on shelves from Dr War­rick Bishop.

“We are ex­cited to of­fer our com­mu­ni­ties this book, for cus­tomers in­ter­ested in what they need to know to un­der­stand and re­duce their risk of heart at­tack,” Mrs Rowles said.

The ear­lier you can spot the warn­ing sings the bet­ter it will be in the long run.

“The good news is that spot­ting the signs of an un­healthy heart early may help you re­duce your risk of heart dis­ease and other heart re­lated prob­lems,” Mrs Rowles said.

“Your Guardian phar­ma­cist can ad­vise you on ac­tion you may need to take, and in­form you about sim­ple life­style changes you can make, to im­prove your heart health.”

Guardian Phar­ma­cies also of­fer a range of other health tools for things like blood pres­sure and kid­ney health.

“It’s so im­por­tant to get your blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly to help you stay on top of your heart health,” Mrs Rowles said.

“A healthy heart be­gins at home so have you con­sid­ered blood pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing at home?

“Us­ing a blood pres­sure mon­i­tor on a daily ba­sis can pro­vide you with an on­go­ing record of your blood pres­sure.

“This record can be dis­cussed with your doc­tor or phar­ma­cist, mak­ing it very use­ful in man­ag­ing your health.”

Kid­ney health can also cause prob­lems with the heart and should be rou­tinely checked.

“The kid­neys and the heart are closely re­lated,” Mrs Rowles said.

“High blood pres­sure can cause kid­ney dam­age and kid­ney dam­age can cause high blood pres­sure.

“Kid­ney Health Aus­tralia rec­om­mends an­nual kid­ney health checks for those at risk.”

Guardian of­fers an ex­clu­sive Kid­neyCheck screen­ing test.

“You can take that test in the com­fort of your own home,” Mrs Rowles said.

“To mon­i­tor the health of your kid­neys speak to your Guardian phar­ma­cist about our ex­clu­sive Kid­neyCheck pro­gram for only $14.99.”

You can con­tact Guardian Phar­macy on 4161 1304.

It’s so im­por­tant to get your blood pres­sure checked reg­u­larly to help you stay on top of your heart health. — Sam Rowles

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

HEART HEALTH: Stephanie Tucker and Leah Roth and other Guardian staff can help you.

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