London Drugs Partners with Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon to Present Heart Health Clinics
RICHMOND, BC, MARCH 3, 2010 - Heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Canadians. Canadians may wonder how healthy their heart is but many aren’t certain. Now there is an opportunity to sit down with a London Drugs patient-care pharmacist at the Heart Health Clinic to find out. Partnering with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, the London Drugs Heart Health Clinic can identify and assess risk factors for developing heart disease and learn measures to reduce that risk. Factors that increase the risk of heart disease include smoking, being overweight and an inactive lifestyle combined with high stress, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels.
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon is proud to partner with London Drugs in its presentation of Heart Health Clinics throughout Western Canada,” said Bobbe Wood, CEO Heart and Stroke Foundation BC & Yukon. “This year is particularly important as we have identified young adults as Canada’s new at risk group. More than 250,000 Canadians in their 20’s and 30’s have high blood pressure which is something we never imagined a decade ago. More women enter their young adult years at higher risk for heart disease. Cleary, the face of heart disease has changed, it is no longer just a man’s disease. But the surprising fact is that up to 80 per cent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes.”
At the Heart Health Clinic patient-care pharmacists will perform a test for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels through a simple finger prick blood sample, weight and waist-hip measurements. Pharmacists will assess the likelihood of developing heart disease and show ways to minimize the risk of heart disease including improvements in cardiovascular health. The pharmacist will develop an action plan based on the patient’s personal heart profile to fit with individual wellness goals. Hearth Health Clinic participants will take home a Heart Health Information Kit including a personal assessment, heart health care plan, informational pamphlets and newsletters, a coupon for a blood pressure monitor and a Body Mass Index Table. The 45 minute clinic is $15 per person plus GST with a portion of the fee being donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Full clinic schedule is available at www.londondrugs.com.
ABOUT HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and in its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.For more information or to arrange an interview contact:
ABOUT LONDON DRUGS
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs currently has 72 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people and carries a diverse range of health and consumer electronic products. With its strong commitment to innovation and customer appreciation, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.
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Posted March 4, 2010