Healthy Hearts

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As most pharmacists know, heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States1. But there is a silver lining… it’s also the most preventable! There are a handful of actions your patients can take to prevent heart disease, and your pharmacy plays a key role. With nearly 275 million Americans visiting pharmacies each week, pharmacists have the opportunity to get their patients on a heart-healthy track2.

Most patients know that things like diet, exercise, and stress-levels can have a significant impact on their health. Even so, there are millions of Americans that find it difficult to make the right decisions for their health. Offering nutrition and exercise programs at your pharmacy is a great place to start when it comes to getting your patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle. These programs can help to both motivate and educate your patients on how important these are to their health. In addition, offering over-the-counter items like vitamins can help your patients ramp up their overall health.

About one in three American adults have high blood pressure, but only half of those that do have the condition under control, often times because they aren’t even aware that their blood pressure is high3. Offering a clinical service like blood pressure monitoring can help educate your patients on their current health state and in turn, do wonders to get them on track. Teach your patients how important it is to monitor their blood pressure and that they can even do it right in the comfort of their own home by purchasing an at-home blood pressure monitor.

With your help, many patients in your community can begin to turn their health around. Pharmacists are trusted professionals in communities and it’s vital that pharmacist utilize that position to help their patients. Learn more about what your pharmacy can do to promote heart-health here.

Sources:

  1. https://theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-awareness-month/
  2. http://www.pharmacytimes.com/beyond-the-counter/pharmacists-poised-to-play-a-major-role-in-american-heart-month
  3. https://www.pbahealth.com/how-to-promote-heart-health-at-your-pharmacy-this-february/


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