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Getting To The Heart
Of The Matter

We work with Health Care Providers to help prevent heart health issues. Taking your medications as prescribed is vital to your wellbeing, so we ensure that you are doing just that!
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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, aka the ‘silent killer’ may go unnoticed until it is too late.  Our pharmacists can help you reduce the likelihood of developing it, or help you manage it properly.

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What is hypertension?

Hypertension or high blood pressure occurs when the pressure that your blood pushes against your blood vessels are higher than normal. 

Your blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day and varies with activity. 

However, if it is constantly elevated, you may be diagnosed with hypertension.

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What is a normal blood pressure?

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg. 

It is recommended that you take your blood pressure same time each day.*

*One high reading does not indicate hypertension; it is the average reading over a course of days that is a reflection of your blood pressure.

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What are symptoms of hypertension?

Most people do not experience any symptoms of hypertension. Sometimes, symptoms such as headaches and dizziness may appear.

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What problems can be caused by hypertension?

Hypertension or high blood pressure can put a strain on your blood vessels, making them less elastic and decrease their ability to adequate perfuse your organs. 

It can cause damage to many of your vital organs and can negatively affect your health in many other ways.

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What can you do to lower your blood pressure?

In addition to prescription medications, many lifestyle and diet modifications can help lower the blood pressure to normal ranges. 

For example: 
- Stopping smoking or be in a smoke free environment 
- Exercise, at least moderate intensity, 30-60min a day for 5-7 times per week 
- Reduce stress
- Weight loss
- Reduce sodium consumption 

Please contact one of our Pillway pharmacists to get the proper advice you need.

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Are Pillway Packets recyclable and/or biodegradable?  

Pillway packets are comprised of cellulose fibre(plant-based material) and a matrix of  Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE).  Both the cellulose fibre and LDPE are recyclable, only the cellulose fibre is biodegradable.

Cholesterol

High cholesterol can cause a heart attack or stroke. It may be preventable and treatable. Talk to our pharmacists for long-term, healthy lifestyle strategies and support.

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How do I know if I have High Cholesterol?

Most people do not experience symptoms of dyslipidemia. It is usually detected during regular health check ups.

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When should I start screening for High Cholesterol?

Most people without any risk factors should start screening at 40 years for men and 40 years old or post-menopausal for women. 

People with risk factors for dyslipidemia and certain ethnic background should be screened earlier.

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I am overwhelmed with the number of medications that I’ve been prescribed, what do I do?

We know that managing heart disease may get stressful since it often involves taking multiple medications to improve different conditions.

If you have questions about your medications, or would like to discuss medication management, our Pillway pharmacy team will be happy to review your drug therapy anytime during our business hours. 

Furthermore, Pillway provides customized pre-sorted packaging and medication reminders to help you stay on track and lower the obstacles to achieving improved health and well-being. 

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How do I know if my medications are helping with my cholesterol?

It can certainly be difficult to tell if your cholesterol medication, or blood thinner medication is working. It may be frustrating, but it is important to continue taking your medications regularly, as prescribed because these medications work behind the scenes to prevent strokes and heart attacks. 

Pillway can connect you with a doctor who can refer you to get blood tests so you can see the results of taking your medications.  

Our pharmacy team also follows up with patients to ensure treatments are both effective and safe.  You are always looked after.

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What are some lifestyle changes that I can undergo to reduce my risk of getting a stroke?

Some risk factors for stroke include age and family history, which are both difficult to control. 

Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes that can help lower your risk. Examples include quitting smoking (if applicable), engaging in regular exercise (at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity weekly), and consuming a low sodium and low trans-fat diet.

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How do I get my prescriptions filled by Pillway? Which medications does Pillway provide?

We can fill prescriptions by any Canadian doctor. Simply ask their team to fax the prescription to us and we will take care of the rest. If you have refills at another pharmacy, we will transfer them over.  

Pillway provides all Health Canada approved prescription medications. Additionally, we can also supply over the counter supplements such as aspirin, vitamins, and more!

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How will I receive my medications? How long will it take?

Pillway offers complimentary same day, confidential, contact-less delivery to the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario) and within the Lower Mainland (British Columbia). 

All other deliveries outside of these areas (including Alberta and Quebec), will be delivered the next business day.

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Are Pillway Packets recyclable and/or biodegradable?

Pillway packets are comprised of cellulose fibre(plant-based material) and a matrix of  Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE).  Both the cellulose fibre and LDPE are recyclable, only the cellulose fibre is biodegradable.

Stroke

Our pharmacists can assess the safety of medications as well as dose and prepare them safely in an expedient manner. We can also participate in stroke prevention and education.

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What is stroke?

A stroke occurs when the brain is deprived of the blood and oxygen, usually due to blockage or bleeding. When this happens, brain cells start to die and brain damage starts to occur. 

There are 2 main types of strokes, ischemic stroke (due to blockage of the blood vessels) and hemorrhagic stroke (due to bursting of blood vessels). Intracerebral hemorrhage is the bleeding within the brain and subarachnoid hemorrhage is the bleeding between brain and surrounding tissues.

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What are the risk factors for stroke?

There are several potential risk factors such as gender (males usually have higher risk), older age, family history, race, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, physical inactivity, obesity, history/ family history of cardiovascular disease, etc.

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Can I reduce the risk of stroke?

Yes. Connect with one of our pharmacists for personalized advice.

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What are the after effects of stroke?

Long-term effects of stroke depend on the area, extent of damage and how fast it is treated.

Some people may experience no long-term effects of stroke, while others may experience some of the following:
- Paralysis or weakness usually on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking
- Effects on cognition such as memory loss, learning issues, attention loss, etc 
- Emotional changes like inability to control or express emotions and depression

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How do I know if my medications are helping?

It may be frustrating since many medications to prevent strokes work behind the scenes, and you often can’t tell if your blood thinner or blood pressure medication is helping.

However, it is important to continue taking your medications regularly, as prescribed. If you have concerns, Pillway can connect you with a doctor who can refer you to get blood tests so you can see the results of taking your medications.

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Are Pillway Packets recyclable and/or biodegradable?

Pillway packets are comprised of cellulose fibre (plant-based material) and a matrix of  Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE).  Both the cellulose fibre and LDPE are recyclable, only the cellulose fibre is biodegradable.

How Pillway Works

Simplify Your Treatment

Two pill bottles with medications are being poured into a single Pillway packet. Number 1 identifies the packet, number 2 identifies the date, time and medication list and number 3 identifies the personalized QR code.
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    Personalized Packets

    We sort out the perfect dose for you and clearly list all your medications.

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    Personalized Notifications

    We advise you of the exact day and time to take every dose.

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    Tear And Go!

    Each pill packet is individually packaged for you. Take it with you and tear open when needed.

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