Free check up could save your life from our lead­ing cause of death

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

IT ONLY takes 15 min­utes to un­dergo a screen­ing that could save your life.

Heart dis­ease is the lead­ing cause of death in Aus­tralia, with more than 51 Aus­tralians dy­ing from the dis­ease per day in 2017.

A heart screen­ing helps catch the dis­ease in its early stages and could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

Free heart screen­ings are avail­able from Dis­count Drug Stores in the Lock­yer Val­ley and Som­er­set re­gions next week.

The Gat­ton Plaza Dis­count Drug Store of­fers walk in ap­point­ments on Tues­days and Thurs­days un­til Septem­ber 27.

A clinic will be held on Septem­ber 19 at the Fern­vale Dis­count Drug store.

Dis­count Drug Stores’ pro­fes­sional ser­vices man­ager Melissa Hui said a phar­ma­cist could pro­vide in­sight on what could be done to min­imise symp­toms and help de­tect the signs ear­lier among those at risk.

“High blood pres­sure usu­ally has no symp­toms, so a sim­ple blood pres­sure check is im­por­tant to re­veal any early risk in­di­ca­tors for heart dis­ease,” Mrs Hui said.

She said a num­ber of fac­tors could con­trib­ute to some­one’s risk of de­vel­op­ing heart dis­ease, in­clud­ing smok­ing, an un­healthy diet, min­i­mal phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, stress­ful work-life bal­ance, de­pres­sion, high choles­terol, high blood pres­sure and di­a­betes.

“Ac­knowl­edg­ing and ad­dress­ing these fac­tors can play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pre­vent­ing heart dis­ease and other car­dio­vas­cu­lar events such as heart at­tacks and stroke,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to the blood pres­sure checks, Dis­count Drug Stores’ clin­ics of­fer pa­tients a 15-minute, non-in­va­sive, heart health risk screen­ing.

The screen­ings are con­ducted by qual­i­fied phar­ma­cists to as­sess the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar and heart dis­ease.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.