Kennedy’s Pharmacy offers FREE Blood Pressure checks

Kennedy’s Pharmacy in Rasharkin and Dunloy are urging everyone to get their FREE blood pressure check during this year’s ‘Know Your Numbers!’ Week.

Free checks are available for everyone from Monday 12th September until Saturday 17th September from 9am-6pm in both pharmacies.

High blood pressure is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ as, although sixteen million adults in the UK have it, over five million of them are unaware of this. High blood pressure not only increases your risk of having a stroke or heart attack, it is also a risk factor for kidney disease, dementia and other illnesses.

However, it is important to remember that if you have high blood pressure, it can be very successfully managed with lifestyle changes and medicines. Various services offered in the pharmacy can help. For example the 6 month Weight Management Programme offers regular advice and support regarding a healthy diet, along with a full health check. In addition, for those wishing to stop smoking, a 12 week Smoking Cessation Programme is available offering nicotine replacement therapy and invaluable support from the pharmacist.

The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have regular checks and remember the numbers in the same way as your height and weight. In other words – Know your Numbers! So call into either pharmacy at any time over the week and avail of the free service and advice on offer.

Pharmacist, Patrick Kennedy said: “It’s so important to be aware of your blood pressure and we at Kennedy’s Pharmacy hope that new and existing customers alike will take the opportunity to come in for a free check. We have been involved in ‘Know Your Numbers!’ Week for several years now and have always found it to be a huge success in terms of raising awareness around high blood pressure.

“It can be very reassuring to find out that your blood pressure is within the normal range.”

If you have any questions about your blood pressure or the ‘Know Your Numbers!’ event, telephone Kennedy’s Pharmacy, Rasharkin on 028 295 71124 or Kennedy’s Pharmacy, Dunloy on 028 276 57803.