The early detection of chronic disease provides an opportunity for their effective treatment and/or management. Once a patient has been diagnosed with a chronic disease, such as heart disease of high blood pressure (hypertension), regular monitoring may be appropriate in the management of their condition.
Arrie Nel Pharmacies are ideally placed and fully equipped to assist in the monitoring of blood pressure. While measuring blood pressure is useful and helpful in managing hypertension, it is also used to help identify people at risk of developing certain diseases such as cardio vascular disease and diabetes.
Arrie Nel Pharmacies offer blood pressure monitoring with a little more attention to detail. We know that a one-off blood pressure reading is of limited usefulness to you and your doctor, so we help by recording your reading for you and encouraging you to return after an appropriate time interval for repeat readings.
It is important to understand a few things about blood pressure. Firstly, blood pressure is recorded, and talked about as two numbers. The first number is the systolic blood pressure and tells us how hard your heart is pumping to send blood from your heart to travel around your body. The second number, the diastolic blood pressure, is an indication of how well your heart relaxes between beats. The units used are millimetres of mercury, abbreviated to mmHg . Remember the old blood pressure monitor doctors used, and some still do? Those old meters had a thin tube containing mercury and the measurement of blood pressure corresponded to how far up the tube the mercury rose. Electronic devices are mostly used now and are just as accurate as the old Sphygmomanometers.
Why not drop in to your nearest Arrie Nel Pharmacy and ask about blood pressure monitoring and find what your target level your BP is.
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