If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart.
As a result, over time this strain can cause the arteries to become thicker and less flexible, or to become weaker.
Keeping a close eye on your blood pressure is a good way to catch changes early and take appropriate action.
A good way to monitor your blood pressure is through in-pharmacy blood-pressure monitoring and recording.
These services support patients to self-monitor blood pressure as a cardiovascular disease screening/monitoring service, often with referral to medical support when necessary.
If your arteries become thicker and less flexible, they will become narrower, making them more likely to become clogged up.
As we all know, when an artery becomes completely clogged up (a condition known as a clot), a heart attack, a stroke, kidney disease or dementia can result.
More rarely, if an artery has become weakened, the extra strain may eventually lead to the artery bursting. This may also cause a heart attack or stroke.
The good news is that there are many ways in which you can lower your blood pressure and put less strain on your arteries and heart.
Many of these are lifestyle changes which your pharmacist at Eden Rise Pharmacy can help you with.