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London Drugs to hold Healthy Heart Clinics

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RICHMOND, British Columbia — Next week, London Drugs plans to launch Healthy Heart Clinics at most of its stores to raise public awareness about the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The western Canada drug chain said the Healthy Heart Clinic screenings, done in recognition of Heart Month, will be held Feb. 6 to March 23 at 68 London Drugs locations. Customers can book a clinic appointment online or at a London Drugs store.

London Drugs Olympic Village Vancouver store_WEBMany Canadians miss the signs of heart disease that often precede a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems, according to London Drugs pharmacist Gianni Del Negro. “Prevention ultimately starts with knowing your risks. Often, there are no symptoms until the underlying disease has progressed, which is what makes routine screening essential,” he said in a statement.

The London Drugs Healthy Heart Clinics encompass a 45-minute, one-on-one screening and evaluation with a patient care pharmacist. The screening measures total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, random glucose and blood pressure and assesses such risk factors as family history, age, level of exercise, diet, smoking history and high blood pressure.

Next, the evaluation focuses on minimizing any risks identified in the screening. That might include a discussion of changes to diet, fitness routines or lifestyle.

London Drugs noted that the Healthy Heart Clinic is collaborative and customized for each patient. Pharmacists also can contact patients’ doctors to recommend further medical intervention or changes to medication.

In Canada, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and the second-leading cause of death among men, London Drugs reported. Nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

“Male or female, adult or senior, symptoms or not, the only way to know for sure is to get screened and use the results to make lifestyle changes,” Del Negro added. “In many cases, even small changes like adding thirty minutes of moderate physical activity each day, can go a long way to reducing the risk of heart disease.”

Overall, London Drugs operates 78 stores in more than 35 major markets across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.


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