Most people associate the feelings of nausea, sickness, lethargy, dizziness or pain with health problems. Several common, serious health problems give you very little warning the way you expect.At Blooms we have developed screening programs to help you detect a possible issue you may have, eg, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol or asthma.
These conditions can often be screened very quickly and easily without you having to see your doctor something you may postpone for years.
If you come up with no problems, that’s real peace of mind. And if an issue is flagged, then that’s very much in your interests: you’ll know it’s time to see your doctor for further advice and treatment.
So if it has been a while, speak to your local Blooms pharmacist about which of the Monitoring & Management HealthChecks you should consider.
You may have come to accept poor control of your asthma as normal. This can lead to you being less able to participate in activities such as sport, school and work.
If you need to use your reliever medication (eg, Ventolin) more often than 3 times a week, you should consult your doctor about getting better control of your asthma.
Even if it seems convenient to rely on your reliever medication, proper asthma control will reduce long-term damage that may be done to your lungs. Good control now will mean a better chance of easy breathing in future years.
Although there is no present cure, good asthma management can help you to lead a normal active life.
We offer a FREE screening test for blood glucose for anyone over 18 who have not previously been diagnosed as diabetic.
Who should take this test and why?
Anyone who is has not had their blood glucose tested in the last 6 months and has not been diagnosed as diabetic should consider having this simple test performed.
What will this test tell you?
It will NOT tell you that you have diabetes. A high blood glucose reading from this test only indicates that there MAY be an issue and you should visit your doctor for more specific testing.
Blood Pressure Evaluation
Confused? You should be: that was a trick question. The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it tested with the appropriate equipment.
Even if you are in good health, you should check your blood pressure regularly. The trap with high blood pressure is that it has no symptoms. Yet recent data indicates that in Australia, 32% of men and 27% of women suffer from high blood pressure.
Fortunately testing blood pressure is quick, painless and easy. No blood needs to be taken and it takes no time at all.
At Blooms The Chemist we advise the following to try and avoid high blood pressure:
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a diet low in saturated fat and salt that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Cut down on alcohol to recommended levels or below
- Cut down on coffee and high-caffeine drinks, such as cola
- Take regular, moderate-intensity exercise
- Lose any excess weight and maintain a weight that is healthy for you
It may also help to try to reduce the stress in your life to prevent short-term rises in blood pressure — try relaxation techniques or meditation.
So, if you haven’t been tested for a while, pop down to your local Blooms The Chemist to have your blood pressure checked. No need for an appointment and it’s FREE.
There are 2 types of cholesterol in your blood. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as BAD cholesterol and is responsible for a higher risk of disease if too high.
As we age LDL cholesterol tends to stick to the walls of arteries and may cause blockages that can lead to heart attacks, angina and stroke.
The following risk factors increase your chances of high cholesterol and heart disease:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
If you don’t have serious concerns, but realise the value in being more informed about your cholesterol level, your FIRST CALL is to your local Blooms’ pharmacist.
Stroke Risk Assessment
An estimated one-in-six Australians will have a stroke during their lifetime.
Stroke is a medical emergency that can lead to brain damage or even death. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted either by a blockage in an artery or a bleed in the brain. Interrupted blood flow stops nutrients and oxygen reaching affected parts of the brain, resulting in brain cell death in those areas.
Stroke involves sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes, numbness, weakness or paralysis in the face, arm or leg, difficulty speaking or understanding, dizziness, difficulty swallowing and severe headache.
There are two major types of stroke:
- Ischaemic stroke, the most common type responsible for four-in-five (80 per cent) strokes, occurs when blood clots in arteries block blood flow to the brain. This type of stroke can be prevented by addressing simple lifestyle factors through a Stroke Risk Assessment.
- Haemorrhagic stroke, responsible for one-in-five (20 per cent) strokes, occurs from a bleed in the brain following a broken or ruptured blood vessel.
Risk factors for stroke include older age, gender, family history, medical conditions and lifestyle. Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, cigarette smoking, poor diet and exercise, and high alcohol consumption.
Blooms The Chemist is a provider of the Stroke Risk Assessment ‘Know Your Numbers’, a National Stroke Foundation initiative.
A free Blooms The Chemist Stroke Risk Assessment takes less than 10 minutes and represents an initial step toward stroke risk prevention.
It involves a Pharmacist taking your blood pressure and asking a series of simple lifestyle and age-related questions designed to assess your overall risk of stroke.
Should the Pharmacist consider you to be at-risk of stroke, you will be advised to seek prompt medical advice. Results will be provided in written format to allow you to share the information with your doctor.
If you have a family history of stroke, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure or cholesterol problems in particular, it’s advisable to have a Blooms The Chemist Stroke Risk Assessment.
Sun Awareness SpotCheck
Each clinic involves a 15 minute, one-on-one consultation with a registered nurse in pharmacy and includes a personal skin cancer risk factor assessment, a current level of sun-damage assessment with our SpotCheck early detection tool and personalised, practical advice and recommendations.
Our unique UV camera identifies any existing damage in the lower layers of skin and the SpotCheck tool evaluates your risk of skin cancer.
The SpotCheck early detection tool will be provided by the nurse who will explain to you how to perform a head-to-toe examination to identify new moles or spots, or changes to existing moles and spots.
SpotCheck features a series of images that help with classifying and assessing moles and skin spot features, including asymmetry, irregular borders, any changes in colour, size, irritation and bleeding. The nurse will make an initial assessment in-pharmacy and you’ll be able to take the tool home for ongoing assessment every three months.
Any spots or moles requiring further attention will be reviewed by a Blooms The Chemist pharmacist, who will refer you to your local GP or skin cancer specialist for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Our Sun Awareness Clinics aim to teach people how to have a healthy relationship with the sun and to raise awareness of skin cancer signs.
If you would like a full body check or diagnosis on any worrying spots, please contact your nearest skin cancer clinic today.
Sleep Apnoea Testing
Snoring? Waking up with headaches? Constantly feeling lethargic?
At Blooms the Chemist, we recognise that a good night’s sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle, by looking after and helping to improve, your mental health and physical wellbeing.
We all have restless nights. In the short-term, poor quality sleep, or lack of sleep, may lead to fatigue, lack of concentration, inability to remember things and poor co-ordination. But this is generally nothing to worry about.
In the long-term however, poor quality sleep can lead to serious health complications, including weight gain, increased blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
In Australia, it’s estimated around five per cent of adults who fail to get sufficient shut eye are living with a chronic sleep disorder known as ‘sleep apnoea’, which involves pauses in breathing during sleep. It’s not uncommon for someone with sleep apnoea to snore loudly, as the body gasps for oxygen.
People living with sleep apnoea – whether mild, moderate or severe – are often unaware of their condition, or the potentially serious associated health implications.
Sleep apnoea often occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep and block off the upper airway. This in turn, leads to a halt in breathing (usually for a few seconds, although in severe cases it can last longer), until the brain recognises its lack of oxygen and signals to wake the person up. Breathing then returns to normal, as oxygen levels regulate. Each pause in breathing is called an ‘apnoea’.
Importantly, sleep apnoea can be diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a ‘polysomnogram’ or ‘sleep study’.
Blooms The Chemist also stocks sleep apnoea machines, masks and accessories and ongoing sleep apnoea support.
Click here to see the full list of participating stores and the terms and conditions of use.
Head to your local Blooms The Chemist this November for a 15-minute, 1:1 Men’s HealthCheck with a Registered Nurse to find out how you measure up. Remember prevention is better than cure.
Your HealthCheck includes:
- Blood pressure analysis
- BMI assessment
- Risk valuation of cardiovascular disease.
- Blood glucose test
- Cholesterol tested
Plus, receive information on male-related cancers, erectile dysfunction, smoking, hair loss and mental health and take home a personalised info brochure.
It only costs $5 and 100% of proceeds will be donated to Beyond Blue. Visit or call your local Blooms and book your appointment today!
Flu is highly contagious and each year thousands of Australians are affected.
The best protection is an annual vaccination, so pop into your nearest participating Blooms The Chemist for a flu vaccination this year.
If you are immunised, you are less likely to catch the flu and pass it on to those close to you.