High blood pressure

Over half of all adults in Ireland over 45 years of age have high blood pressure. About 4 in every 5 men and 2 in every 3 women with high blood pressure are not being treated. High blood pressure leads to heart attacks and stroke, which kills 10,000 Irish people every year.
Here at LloydsPharmacy, we are working to raise awareness on how to prevent cardiovascular heart disease and stroke. One way to achieve this is by working to lower your blood pressure.
Just drop into one of LloydPharmacy’s Heart Health Hub locations and avail of our free blood pressure checks, as well as health and well-being advice. You can also learn how to keep your heart healthy and manage your blood pressure through our Hello Health Programme.

What is blood pressure?

When our heart’s beat, blood is pumped around the body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. While the blood moves, it is pushing against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is our blood pressure.

Why is it important to monitor my blood pressure?

The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack or stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and poor circulation in your legs. These problems can be avoided if your blood pressure is controlled by having it checked regularly.
You can get your blood pressure checked for free from our highly trained colleagues in any our 90 pharmacies. For more information on this service just click here (link through to BP check service).

What does high blood pressure mean?

A normal blood pressure reading in a healthy adult may be around 120 over 80. If our blood pressure is too high, it puts an extra strain on your arteries, and in turn our heart. This may lead to heart attacks and strokes.
If your blood pressure is higher than 120 over 80, we would recommend that you make some positive changes to your lifestyle to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. If your blood pressure is 140 over 90 or higher (or 140 over 80 if you have diabetes) you should discuss this with your GP.

How can you help to lower your blood pressure?

  • Stay Active
  • Maintain a healthy weight, especially around the waistline
  • Stop Smoking
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Reduce your intake of bad fats
  • Enhance your intake of good fats
  • Add more fibre & whole grains to your diet
  • Track your blood pressure
  • Always take your medication as prescribed
  • Sign up to our RediCare programme

Our highly trained colleagues are here to help and offer advice to help you lower your blood pressure. You can also get your blood pressure checked for free at any our 90 pharmacies. For more information on this service just click here (link through to BP check service). You can also sign up to our RediCare programme that helps you make nutritional and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure. 

High cholesterol

Every hour, someone in Ireland suffers from a stroke. Every day, hundreds of Irish people are diagnosed with heart disease. Sadly, up to 10,000 people die each year, making heart disease and stroke one of Ireland’s biggest killers.

Here at LloydsPharmacy, we are working to raise awareness on how to prevent cardiovascular heart disease and stroke. One way to achieve this is by working to lower your cholesterol. Our expert colleagues are here to provide heart health advice, focusing on tips and advice to help you lower cholesterol.

Just drop into any of our LloydsPharmacy Heart Health Hubs and talk to our Pharmacy teams. You can also learn how to keep your heart healthy and manage your cholesterol and blood pressure through our free Hello Health programme which includes free BP and BMI checks and one to one consultations with our Pharmacy teams on tips and advice to improve your lifestyle.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood which you need a certain amount of to produce hormones.

What does high cholesterol mean?

Cholesterol is made in the body, mainly within the liver, and our body works to maintain it at a healthy level. However, due to overeating of saturated fats and foods or drinks high in fat, sugar, salt, or inherited problems, your body can sometimes contain too much cholesterol. This can cause the cholesterol to stick to your artery walls forming plaque, which can build up causing blockages or narrowing your arteries. Blocked arteries can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

How can you help to lower your cholesterol?

  • Eat more vegetables, fruit and wholegrain foods
  • Eat less fatty foods
  • Eat fish twice a week including oily fish
  • Stop smoking, get expert help
  • Aim for a healthy weight
  • Get physically active for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Drink water at least eight cups a day
  • Learn to relax and reduce stress – take time out for yourself
  • And have a regular blood pressure and cholesterol check with your doctor
  • Sign up to our RediCare programme – click here for more details

Our highly trained colleagues are here to help and offer advice to help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Check out our free Blood Pressure Check service here. You can also sign up to our RediCare programme that helps you make nutritional and lifestyle changes to lower your blood cholesterol. For more information click here.

References:
* The Irish Heart Foundation