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Keep your blood pressure in check

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn saw firsthand the role community pharmacy plays in providing expert public health services during a blood pressure check held in Parliament. The event, attended by over 40 MPs and Lords, was organised by pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, and aimed to raise awareness of the importance of regularly monitoring your blood pressure.

 

One in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure and many people aren’t aware they have the condition, which means they are increasing the chance of becoming seriously ill if they continue with an unhealthy lifestyle.

 

Often dubbed ‘the silent killer’, high blood pressure can have no symptoms until it has become extremely severe. Left unchecked it can lead to a stroke or heart attack, and if left untreated it can damage other organs such as kidneys and eyes.

 

Meg said:

 

“People are working harder with longer hours and are living more stressful lives. We know that the public are taking unnecessary risks by failing to get their blood pressure checked and it’s commendable that Lloydspharmacy offers such a vital health screening advisory service.

 

Pharmacists have a significant role addressing public health issues in the community. I hope this will encourage my constituents to take advantage of the convenient health services which are available in their local pharmacy.”

 

Ronan Brett, Lloydspharmacy’s head of professional and external relations commented:

 

“We are delighted that Meg Munn MP was able to attend the event to hear how community pharmacy is leading the way in providing accessible health services to the public in their local communities.  At Lloydspharmacy we have been championing public health initiatives in our pharmacy consultation rooms since 2003 and have conducted millions of tests, from blood pressure to diabetes.

 

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