Priceline Pharmacy Westfield Parramatta is offering free blood pressure checks as part of Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check. The check only takes five to 10 minutes with a pharmacist and involves a quick lifestyle discussion before the reading. A digital health station allows customers to test themselves and results will be emailed. Ends June 14.
“We are calling on the community to prioritise their health and head into their Priceline Pharmacy Westfield Parramatta to have a chat with one of our highly trained pharmacists and have their blood pressure checked,” pharmacist Regina Cowie said.
Stroke Foundation chief executive Sharon McGowan said Westfield Parramatta was joining Priceline Pharmacy stores across the nation taking part in Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check.
“One in six of us will suffer a stroke in our lifetime, yet stroke is largely preventable,” Ms McGowan said.
“Shockingly, during the campaign last year one in three people tested were found to be at high risk of a stroke and referred to their doctor for a full assessment.
“A person’s stroke risk is assessed by a blood pressure reading in conjunction with lifestyle and family history questions. Many of those referred were of working age.
“Too many Australians are unaware of their stroke risk and the simple steps they can take to make a significant difference to their health.
“This includes controlling your blood pressure, keeping active, avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy diet.
“High blood pressure has no symptoms, the only way to know if you have an issue is to have a blood pressure check.”
Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check is aiming to beat last year’s result and deliver more than 56,000 blood pressure checks to Australians.