Pharmasave pharmacists are getting the word out about the importance of healthy blood pressure. In support of Hypertension Canada’s “What’s Your Number?” campaign in May, Pharmasave locations across Canada will provide patient education and opportunities for blood pressure screening in their communities.
“Hypertension often goes unrecognized and untreated because there are no symptoms”, says Allison Nourse, Pharmasave’s National Director, Pharmacy Innovation. “World hypertension day is a great way to help raise awareness and start the conversation about ways to prevent or control high blood pressure through healthier choices and medication management when necessary.”
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, affects an estimated 7.5 million Canadians and is the leading cause of death and disability around the world. Pharmacists are among Canada’s most accessible health professionals and can positively affect outcomes associated with heart disease and stroke by proactively identifying their customers’ needs and encouraging healthy behaviour. Many studies have shown that pharmacists provide a real and significant benefit to patient health and increased collaboration with other healthcare professionals through screening, education and hypertension management.
Pharmasave pharmacists promote their customers’ heart health by:
- Creating community awareness about heart disease and stroke
- Providing patient care services such as encouraging lifestyle modifications and self-management
- Helping people take their medication correctly and manage their medication effectively with the fewest side effects
- Educating and advising about simple steps to keep blood pressure under control
- Teaching people how to use blood pressure monitoring devices properly to take accurate readings at home
With more than 640 stores across the country, Pharmasave is one of Canada’s leading independent community pharmacies. Since being founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of community-based retail outlets designed to provide exceptional patient-centred healthcare, medication advice, drug store products and customer service. Pharmasave continues to differentiate itself through leading-edge digital solutions. Patients can access everyday tools to manage their health in ways that are simple to set up and easy to maintain with eCare@Pharmasave. This suite of interactive solutions enables patients to engage digitally with their pharmacy and empowers them with mobile refills, medication reminders and so much more. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, tailoring both programs and services to the unique needs of customers and reinforcing the commitment to help all customers live well with Pharmasave.
For more information, contact:
Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd.