Take Your Health to Heart at a Shoppers Drug Mart Blood Pressure
Awareness Day on February 9th
TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - You know how old you are, but do you know how old your heart is? To coincide with the launch of its nationwide Blood Pressure
Awareness Day on February 9th, Shoppers Drug Mart is offering Canadians the opportunity to accurately
find out how old their heart really is through a unique online tool called the Heart Age Calculator (shoppersdrugmart.ca/myheartage).
You may feel young at heart but your heart and arteries may be aging
faster than you. By answering simple lifestyle questions, the Heart Age Calculator helps Canadians calculate their cardiovascular age and assess their
risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease within the next
Created by the research team of Dr. Steven Grover, director of the
McGill Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program (CHIP) at McGill
University Health Center in Montréal, the Heart Age Calculator is the only scientifically validated online tool available that
provides a personalized heart age and cardiovascular risk profile as
recommended by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society guidelines.
"We strongly encourage Canadians to use this simple tool that has been
shown to actually improve the management of hypertension and high
cholesterol," says Laura Weyland, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist. "It
takes just five minutes and research shows that knowing the age of your
heart will lead to better heart health management."
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends calculating your
cardiovascular agei and maintains that knowing your cardiovascular risk profile improves
management of blood pressure and blood lipidsii.
Shoppers Drug Mart Blood Pressure Awareness Day: Another way for
Canadians to be Heart Smart
On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Shoppers Drug Mart will also host a Blood
Pressure Awareness Day at all locations across Canada. Canadians are
encouraged to take their blood pressure free of charge and discuss
their results with the pharmacist who can provide insight on how best
to manage their overall heart health.
Blood Pressure Awareness Day participants also receive a Heart Health
Logbook or a My Blood Pressure Smart Card, both tools that can help
better manage your health by tracking your lifestyle and blood pressure
and heart health histories in one place. The information can be
printed and shared with your doctor or pharmacist at regular visits.
"Heart disease is a serious condition that affects millions of Canadians
across the country, but taking simple steps like monitoring blood
pressure, eating nutritious meals and discussing any health concerns
with a health care professional can help mitigate the problem," says
Laura Weyland, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist.
Weyland also recommends the following tips to be S.M.A.RT. for your
Stop Smoking: After you quit smoking, your risk of a heart attack starts to drop
after only 2 days. After one year, your risk of heart disease will be just half of what it
was when you were a smoker.
Monitor your Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. The higher
your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of heart disease.
Apply an Active Lifestyle: If you do not get enough exercise, your risk of heart disease doubles. Getting active will combat the number one risk factor for heart disease.
Regulate your cholesterol levels: As your cholesterol levels go up, so does your risk of heart disease.
You can get your cholesterol under control by eating healthy,
exercising, and quitting smoking. Some people may also need medications
to help control their cholesterol.
Take Control: Become more engaged about your heart health and seek the advice of
medical professionals to learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.
For more tips on how to stay heart healthy, visit your local Shoppers
Drug Mart location and speak with a pharmacist on Saturday, February 9
during Blood Pressure Awareness Day.
About the Heart Age Calculator
Several factors influence your heart age, including blood pressure
levels, cholesterol, and the presence of risk factors like smoking.
The Heart Age Calculator assesses your height, age, weight, cholesterol
levels, blood pressure, personal and family history, your daily habits
and more to determine your heart age and health risk. Use of the site
is free, confidential and no registration is necessary.
The Heart Age Calculator uses the MyHealthCheckUp (http://myhealthcheckup.com) risk engine and is endorsed by the Canadian Diabetes Association
Treatment Guidelines, The Canadian National Lipid Guidelines, and the
Canadian Hypertension Education Program. It is the only tool available
that is validated specifically for the Canadian population.
About The McGill Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
Established in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization, The McGill
Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program is a multidisciplinary
program offering the highest standard of care for the prevention and
treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. A
"state of the art" smoking cessation program is also available. Health
professionals from the following hospitals staff the program: McGill
University Health Center, Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General
Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug
Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,240 Shoppers Drug Mart
and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and
two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in
Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 55 medical clinic pharmacies
operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix
Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations
operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 62
Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian
retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its
retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty
Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution,
pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem
Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services
to long-term care facilities.
Note to Editor
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Pharmacists from five centres including GTA, Ottawa, Quebec, BC and
Alberta are available for interviews. Please contact Tammy Smitham,
Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs Shoppers Drug
Mart, directly to set up interviews.
i Canadian Cardiovascular Society. http://www.ccsguidelineprograms.ca/images/stories/Dyslipidemia_Program/2012/new/ccs_2012dyslipidemiarecommendations_draft.pdf, slide 12
ii Canadian Cardiovascular Society. http://www.ccsguidelineprograms.ca/images/stories/Dyslipidemia_Program/2012/new/ccs_2012dyslipidemiarecommendations_draft.pdf, slide 10.
SOURCE: Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
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