oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Cardiovascular risk reduction in the pharmacy : review

Volume 78, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Pharmacists are ideally positioned, suitably equipped and well trained to play an important role in the screening, management and control of patients presenting with cardiovascular risk factors in the pharmacy. This article reviews highly prevalent cardiovascular disease risk factors which can be controlled, such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus, and risk factors that can be avoided, such as tobacco smoking, obesity and physical inactivity. Suggestions are provided on how pharmacists can manage cardiovascular risk reduction in the pharmacy.

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