Take Care of Your Heart

Approximately 1 in 12 Canadian adults are living with heart disease and it is the 2nd leading cause of death among Canadians. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help control your risk factors. You can: • Control your blood pressure,• Control your cholesterol levels,• Avoid smoking,• Eat healthy,• Get sufficient exercise,• Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and• Maintain a healthy weight. Talk to your Value Drug Mart or Apple Drugs pharmacist for more information on controlling your risk factors for heart disease.

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Take Care of Your Heart

Travel Vaccinations

Receiving travel vaccinations before a trip can protect you from serious diseases and prevent you from spreading these illnesses to your friends and family upon your return. Certain vaccinations may even be required in order to travel to some places. Your Value Drug Mart pharmacist can review your vaccination history and advise you on which vaccinations are recommended for your destination. You should receive any necessary vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your planned departure; so, don’t wait!

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Travel Vaccinations

Quitting Smoking

If you’ve experienced setbacks when trying to quit smoking, keep in mind that many smokers will try to quit smoking several times before they are successful, and the more times they try, the more successful they will be. Some tips to help you quit smoking include: • Develop an action plan with a health care professional • Avoid triggers • Don’t carry matches or lighters with you • Delay the time you are going to smoke • Enlist the help of friends and family members Ask your pharmacist today for more information on strategies for quitting smoking.

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Quitting Smoking

Dealing with Stress

Everyone experiences some amount of stress in their lives, but sometimes stress can pile up or levels of stress which were once manageable can wear at you until it becomes too much. It is important to recognize that everyone responds to stress differently. Some people feel overwhelmed and have difficulties concentrating, while others may become tearful or angry. Everyone needs to listen to their mind and their body so they can recognize when stress is becoming a concern for them. Take note if you’ve started to feel exhausted, anxious or depressed. So, how do we deal with stress when it…

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Dealing with Stress

Protect Yourself!

Pneumococcal Pneumonia can be very serious and is one of the types of pneumonia most likely to put you in the hospital. You are at increased risk of pneumococcal pneumonia if: You are 50 years of age or older, You have a chronic illness, or You smoke. You can help protect yourself by being vaccinated today! Ask your pharmacist for more information.

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Protect Yourself!