It is one of the main risk factors for heart disease, yet many people suffering from high blood pressure may not be controlling or managing it properly. High blood pressure generally doesn’t show any symptoms, which is precisely why we strongly recommend having yours tested – how frequently will depend on your personal circumstances.

What do the numbers actually mean?

Doctors generally agree that blood pressure readings at or above 140/90 (one-forty over ninety) as high, which may differ depending on your circumstances. But what do these numbers mean? Put simply, the higher number is the pressure in the arteries as the heart beats (systolic pressure), while the lower number is between beats (diastolic pressure).

Partnership with The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians: heart disease. For over 50 years, they’ve led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Their vision is a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease. With like-minded visions and values, TerryWhite Chemmart has developed a partnership with the Heart Foundation to help keep all Australians Alive & Well.

September 2017 marked the official launch of the partnership leading into World Heart Day, with the aim of raising awareness of heart health and most significantly the importance of the blood pressure checks. The blood pressure campaign last year drove a 45% increase in blood pressure checks during the campaign period versus the previous month and a staggering $65,765.70 was raised for vital research.

This year, we are partnering again in a large-scale blood pressure campaign to raise awareness around the importance of knowing and understanding your blood pressure.

Blood Pressure Tests at TerryWhite Chemmart

Your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can measure your blood pressure free of charge, talk through your results and provide advice on simple lifestyle changes that may assist in improving your overall health.

For a test that takes such a small amount of time, it could make a huge impact on your life.


General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

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