How Can Pharmacists Help Improve Heart Health?

3 years ago  •  Add Comment  •  by Donna Bliss

Heart-related ailments are a major health concern around the world including the United States.  According to the National Center for biotechnology information (NCBI), over two million people have a heart attack or other heart conditions every year in the United States.

With over 2 million heart attacks and strokes each year—that’s approximately 2,200 Americans every day, cardiovascular disease plays a tremendous role in loss of life. This figure indicates that an American dies of cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds. Sadly, the vast majority of these deaths due to heart diseases are preventable.

The most significant contributors to cardiovascular disease are High Blood Pressure, known as Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia, also called high cholesterol.  And since Pharmacists are the first point-of-contact when a patient receives a medication, they are in a key position to help ensure the patient understands and is confident about their medication regimen, as well as providing education for patients, guidance on side effects and dosing and discussing medication interactions.

Pharmacists are playing important roles in managing heart-related diseases. They help patients take control of their heart health by adhering to their routine medications. There are several ways pharmacists can help to improve heart health; some of them are discussed below. 

The Ways Pharmacists Can Help To Improve Heart Health

Medication Education

Pharmacists are often the first point of contact when heart disease patients receive medication. So, they have to play the role of continually educating these patients on their medication.

The education could be dosing instruction, side effects and other information regarding heart disease medication. This will enable patients to have a perfect understanding of their medication routine.

Again, pharmacists can discuss with patients on the best way their medication can fit into their daily routine. With this, patients will be consistent with their medication, thus improving heart health in the long run.

Public Blood Pressure Screenings

Providing blood pressure screenings to the public is a good way pharmacists can help to improve heart health.  After such screenings, they can interpret the reading to patients. The pharmacist can then recommend patients with unusual blood pressure to see their physician.

Glucose Screening and Diabetes Management

Pharmacists can also improve heart health through glucose screening and diabetes management. According to experts, people with diabetes have higher chances of having high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other heart conditions.  

Smoking Cessation Counseling

It is an established fact that smoking increases the chances of heart disease including heart attack and stroke.  Pharmacists can use their relationship with their customers to discuss smoking cessation and how quitting smoking habit can improve their heart health.

Communicate With Patients’ Health Care Providers

Often pharmacists can help heart disease patients communicate with their insurance or health care providers. This will help them to have access to tools, information, and organizations that will help keeping our hearts happy and healthy!

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