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How pharmacies can play a role in the heart health of their patients
4 Sep 2018
How pharmacies can play a role in the heart health of their patients

Statistics about heart health in the Irish population makes for uncomfortable reading; 90 000 people have heart failure, 20 000 hospital admissions are on the cards, 10 000 people will be diagnosed with heart disease and most alarmingly, 10 000 people will die this year.

 

 

Statistics about heart health in the Irish population makes for uncomfortable reading; 90 000 people have heart failure, 20 000 hospital admissions are on the cards, 10 000 people will be diagnosed with heart disease and most alarmingly, 10 000 people will die this year.

 

Swollen ankles, breathlessness and extreme fatigue are the symptoms that show up only once a person’s heart is taking serious strain – is there anything to be done to detect potential risks and assist patients earlier?

 

According to the Irish Heart Foundation there is, and it starts in the community. As a pharmacist you’re the most accessible medical professional and your knowledge and expertise makes you the perfect person to educate and lead families through heart disease.

 

What patients often don’t realise is that heart disease is not a terminal diagnosis – through proper disease management and lifestyle adjustment, it can be successfully managed as a chronic condition.

 

Knowledge is power

 

Patients need to understand the importance of knowing what their blood pressure is, along with their BMI, glucose and cholesterol levels. Further, because pharmacists have medical history of their patients, they can gently guide them to take steps to know their numbers, increase their knowledge and make any lifestyle adjustments needed to ensure that they do not become another statistic.