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Blood Pressure



Hypertension Counselling
Is the very thought of having high blood pressure making your blood pressure rise even more? It can be a little scary, but we're here to help.
Our pharmacists can help you understand what those different medications are designed to do for your body. We're also here to help you learn about changes you can make in order to reduce or get off your medications. Please ask, or book a time to come in for a chat.

Monitoring Your Own Blood Pressure 
Living Room Pharmacy sells a variety of blood pressure monitors and will show you how to use them properly. If you ever have trouble with your monitor, bring it in and we'll attend to the problem.
Finally, our book shop has an interesting selection of reads that just might help you and your blood pressure. Drop in, sit down, relax for a while, and browse through a few of them.
 
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Your physician may want to look at how your blood pressure changes over a 24 hour period. To do so, he or she will give you a prescription, and you can contact the The Living Room to book an appointment where we can put on your arm band and set you up. The cost is $35.
You will wear a blood pressure cuff that can usually be hidden under your shirt sleeve. Attached to this is a pocket containing a blood pressure monitor that is slightly larger than a mobile phone. When you come in the next day, we hook up this mini-monitor to our computer, and print out a 24 hour reading. We will explain it to you, fax a copy to your physician, and give you the original report.
 A few tips:
  1. You need to make a reservation ahead of time. And you need to plan to come in the morning, as that is when doctors like to see the first reading.
  2. The monitor is not waterproof! Don't wear the band in the shower or bath. If you can't bear the idea of not bathing over a 24 hour period, remove the monitor for your bathing regime.
  3. Stressful situations can trigger a sudden squiggle to show up in the monitor report, so you might want to, for example, avoid parallel parking on a busy street during rush hour.


 Useful links

Please note that when you click on the links below, you will leave the Living Room Pharmacy website and we cannot take responsibility for the content of other websites.

www.makehealthlast.ca  - Risk assessments & interesting information from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/high-blood-pressure-how-it-affects-you

www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/show-your-heart-some-love