Hervey Bay Independent : 19th March 2015
Pressure on to lower risk A NEW survey has revealed too many of us in the Wide Bay are unaware of the health risks associated with high blood pressure. The survey, which was conducted by the NPS MedicineWise group, also found that we often fi nd it diffi cult to make lifestyle changes after being diagnosed with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the most frequently managed problem by Australian doctors in general practice. It affects one in three Australian adults and although people generally can’t feel high blood pressure, it does increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Blood pressure measurement is an important component of cardiovascular disease risk assessment. Positively, Australian doctors are advising patients with high blood pressure to modify their lifestyle - 79 per cent of those surveyed had received lifestyle advice. But the survey fi ndings suggest that making changes is proving diffi cult for many Australians with high blood pressure. “High blood pressure rarely makes people feel bad, so it’s important for people prescribed a blood pressure lowering medicine to understand that taking medicines as directed is important. Even if you are feeling fi ne, do not stop taking medicines without talking to your doctor,” clinical adviser Dr Andrew Boyden said. Questions to ask your health professional • What is the active ingredient in my medicine? • What are the common side effects of my medicines? • What are the benefi ts of taking the medicine I have been prescribed? • What lifestyle changes can I make to reduce my blood pressure? • What is my blood pressure goal? • What is my current blood pressure? (you can then record this) • I am experiencing some unexpected effects, could they be from the medicine? • I am feeling better, do I need to continue taking my medicine(s)? THE causes of high blood pressure are both biomedical and lifestyle oriented. Major causes include obesity, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, dietary salt intake and nutrition patterns which involve a low intake of fruit and vegetables and a high intake of saturated fat. Stress raises blood pressure transiently but in the long term may have indirect effects by infl uencing eating, drinking smoking and physical activity patterns. New blood needed across Fraser Coast RED Cross Blood Donor Centres in the Fraser Coast need more blood as we head towards the Easter public holidays. With more than 80 appointments available across the two centres each week, more donors are asked to make an appointment by calling 13 14 95 or registering online at www. donateblood.com.au. Each week Australia needs more than 27,000 donations to meet the needs of patients. One person in every three will need blood or blood products at some point in their lives for many different reasons, however, with only one in 30 people currently donating, new donors are urgently needed all the time. Think about it; one day it could be you that needs blood during surgery or for treatment for cancer. NEWSBRIEFS Update on CBD Masterplan A PUBLIC information session on the Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan will be held at the Memorial Hall in Main Street, Hervey Bay, from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, March 28. Copies of the draft plan can be viewed and downloaded from the Have Your Say section of Council’s website at www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au. Copies are also available for reading at Council’s Customer Service Centre in Hervey Bay. Residents can lodge submissions on the plan by completing the appropriate form on Council’s website and either emailing it to enquiry@ frasercoast.qld.gov.auo or posting it to PO Box 1943. Youth of the Year fi nals MARDIA Ebert from Shalom College Bundaberg took out the Region 3 Youth of the Year fi nal held in Hervey Bay and hosted by the Fraser Lions Club over the weekend. An entrant from the Bundaberg Hinkler Lions Club, Mardia will now go on to represent the region at the district fi nal on the Sunshine Coast on March 29. Beware phone scammers MARYBOROUGH Police Patrol Group Inspector Paul Biggin is warning residents to be vigilant and smart when talking to persons on the phone regarding alleged “accident investigation inquiries”. Police have received a couple of complaints from residents recently about telephone scammers asking for contact details stating they were from the “Accident Investigation Squad” and that they needed to confi rm the caller’s details from a recent accident. Scammers often “cold call” targeting either random or numerical phone numbers (even private unlisted numbers). 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