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Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease

Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease



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Published by AspenPharma
This Heart Health Diary is made available to Australian patients by Aspen Pharmacare Australia.
This Heart Health Diary is made available to Australian patients by Aspen Pharmacare Australia.

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Published by: AspenPharma on Aug 18, 2008
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Health Diary
Your Patient Health Diary is alsoa useful record of your health.As you will see, the diary containsrecording sections for medicationand for measurements, such asblood pressure, so at any time youand your doctor can see how youare responding to treatment.While cardiovascular disease iscommon in Australia, there have beenimportant improvements in treatmentin recent years. As a result, deathrates from cardiovascular diseasehave fallen signicantly.
This bookshould help ensure that you receivethe maximum benet from yourtreatment.
How to use this book
Take it with you whenever yousee your doctor or ll a prescriptionfrom a pharmacist. Ask yourdoctor or specialist to recordany measurements taken in theappropriate section. Make sure thatyour pharmacist completes thedispensing section: If your pharmacistsubstitutes a generic drug for theprescribed drug it is important thatthis change is recorded.
Managing multiplemedications
This book will help you keep trackof the medications you take, theirstrengths and any changes tomedication that your doctor orpharmacist makes.In a recent survey, up to one in fourAustralians reported taking four ormore prescription medications
. Whenprescribed a number of medications,there is always the possibility of notalways taking the correct medicationat the correct time. To avoid thispossible confusion, keep this bookup-to-date at all times, and get rid ofany medications that are no longercurrent for you. If you have any doubtsabout your medication, take this bookwith you and ask your doctor orpharmacist to clarify the situation.Please note: The information withinthis diary is intended as a generalintroduction and is not meant tosubstitute for your doctor’s orhealthcare professionals advice.All care is taken to ensure that theinformation is relevant to the reader.If further information is required,please discuss with your doctor orhealthcare professional. 
Your cardiovascular health diary
This diary is specially designed to help you keep trackof your medication and avoid confusion.
Cardiovascular Health Diary
Smoking cessation
Smoking has been shown toincrease the risks associatedwith coronary heart disease andstroke and as such it is highlyrecommended that as a part of yourtreatment that smoking be ceased.There are a number of programsavailable to assist you to stopsmoking. Talk to your doctor orpharmacist about which programis best for you.
Healthy eating
Healthy eating that comprisesmainly plant based foods withmoderate amounts of lean meats,sh and reduced fat dairy productswith moderate amounts of poly-unsaturated and monounsaturated(good) fats has been shown toreduce the likelihood of coronaryheart disease and the risks ofheart attack and stroke.Speak to your doctor about adviceon healthy eating. You may also bereferred to a dietician for furtheradvice on healthy eating.
Alcohol consumption
Moderate alcohol consumption(up to 2 standard drinks per dayfor men and 1 standard drink perday for women) is recommendedto support your treatment ofcardiovascular disease.
Lifestyle recommendations
In addition to taking the medications prescribed by your doctor,you can take an active part in your treatment by implementinglifestyle changes that have been shown to support yourprescribed medications and improve your quality of life

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