Blood pressure is the measurement of the force you blood puts on blood vessel walls as it travels through the body. High blood pressure can be a factor in the development of serious medical conditions such as stroke. Blood pressure is read as 2 numbers i.e. 120/80:
1. 120 -This number is the systolic pressure. It is the force your blood puts on the blood vessel walls as your heart pumps.
2. 80 - This is the diastolic pressure. It is the force your blood puts on blood vessel walls as your heart is resting between beats.
High blood pressure otherwise known as hypertension can also be influenced by the following:
• SmokingOur Pharmacies offer free blood pressure monitoring and advice to guide patients in regards to medications and lifestyle factors that may assist in lowering blood pressure, creating for them a better state of health and peace of mind in regards to their heart health. Some of our Pharmacies are also part of the Stroke Foundation Know Your Numbers and can offer a free assessment in regards to heart health and risk of stroke.
• High Cholesterol