World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day is May 17, a day devoted to raising awareness and the prevention of hypertension.  The theme this year is What's Your Number. 

Facts about hypertension:

  • 9 in 10 Canadians will develop hypertension during their lifetime. 
  • 53% of Canadians over 60 have hypertension. 
  • 1 in 3 Canadians who have hypertension would have normal blood pressure if they consumed less sodium in their diets.
  • 20 million physician visits annually as a result of hypertension.
  • 85 million prescriptions per year are written for hypertension medication. 
  • An estimated 7.5 million Canadians have hypertension as of 2015.
  • Of Canadians with high blood pressure 17% are unaware of their condition.
  • Someone dies from a heart attack every 7 minutes in Canada.

Our friends at BIOS Medical show us how to take a reliable blood pressure reading at home

Your local Super Thrifty Pharmacy carries a selection of BIOS Medical personal blood pressure monitors, or you can monitor your blood pressure free in-store with the PharmaSmart Blood Pressure Tracker

Visit your local Super Thrifty Pharmacy now through July 3rd and enter to win a BIOS Medical Blood Pressure Monitor.