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LOCAL PHARMACY

KELBURN PHARMACY

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION)

Bevan, Pharmacist

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Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday - 9.00am to 4pm

New address! 1 Upland Road, Kelburn

Phone 04 475 9512 | Fax 04 475 9156 Email info@kelburnpharmacy.co.nz

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Johnsonville

Johnsonville

Phone: (04) 477 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963

Phone: (04) Phone: (04) 477 477 9513 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963 Fax: (04) 477 1963 www.unichem.co.nz

“Friendly and efficient staff here to help with all your health and beauty needs”

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Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 6pm. Sun: 10am - 5pm

31 Johnsonville Road P. 04 477 9513 - F. 04 477 1963 unichemjohnsonville@orcon.net.nz

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THE PRESERVATION OF HEALTH IS EASIER THAN THE CURE OF THE DISEASE

When you think of blood pressure, think of water in a hosepipe. A certain amount of pressure is required to get water from a hosepipe so in the same way it’s important for us to have blood pressure so that blood can be circulated around our body. The first published measurement of blood pressure was made in the 18th century, although it wasn’t until about a hundred years later that it was suggested that high blood pressure could be the cause of disease. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension may eventually cause health problems such as heart disease, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure. During the course of the day our blood pressure goes up and down depending on a number of things, including what we are doing, how busy or how stressed we are, our physical activity and also the amount of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco being taken. Therefore when measuring blood pressure it means that several readings may need to be taken. People are considered to have high blood pressure when repeated measurements show a raised reading above a certain level and stays at a higher level even when they are relaxed and sitting quietly.

The problem with high blood pressure is that often people do not experience any symptoms at all and feel quite well, until the blood pressure is very high and causing other health issues. This is why it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. This can be done by your pharmacist, doctor or nurse. Blood pressure should be measured at least once a year if you are over 40 years of age, or more often if you already have high blood pressure. There is no such thing as one “normal” blood pressure measurement, but there is a range which is considered desirable. When your blood pressure is measured two readings will be obtained. If the lower of these two readings (the diastolic pressure) is greater than 90, then treatment may be recommended. The upper reading (systolic pressure) is usually over 100, but varies and usually increases with age. A few people with early-stage hypertension may experience dull headaches, dizzy spells or nosebleeds. However these symptoms generally don’t occur until hypertension has reached an advanced stage. The only way a person can find out if their blood pressure is high

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is by having it tested regularly. For 90-95% of adults with high blood pressure, the cause is not known and high blood pressure tends to gradually develop over many years. Some people are at higher risk of high blood pressure because of their age, their race and their family history, all risk factors which cannot be changed. However there are other risk factors which can be changed and these include being overweight, doing very little exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, salt intake and stress. High blood pressure can’t be cured, but it can be controlled. For all of us this means a healthy lifestyle and for some it also means taking medicines as well. There are a number of different medicines currently available and these medicines generally have to be taken every day on a regular basis and it is important not to miss taking any of them. If you are unsure about your blood pressure or any of your blood pressure medications then talk to your Self Care pharmacist and get your Self Care card on High Blood Pressure. It may be a good idea to get your blood pressure checked at the same time.

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