The Madonna Pellegrina Pharmacy offers a useful service: self-analysis of blood with a simple, safe and painless blood sample from a fingerstick (capillary blood) using laboratory technology that guarantees accurate results comparable with those from a laboratory.
It is a quick service, no appointments, no long waits and with immediate results. You can undergo the following blood self-analysis:
24-hour blood pressure monitoring is a non-invasive test that records blood pressure continuously for 24 hours, using a small device (about the size as a "Walkman") fastened at the waist with a belt.
Compared to the classic, single, blood pressure measurement which is carried out by a doctor, at the pharmacy, or at home, you can get a complete picture of the condition of your blood pressure, noting with great accuracy the changes in Circadian and nocturnal blood pressure, resulting in a pressure profile that is closer to reality.
Monitoring blood pressure (BP) is becoming increasingly diagnostically and prognostically important for the control of cardiovascular disease. In fact, several clinical studies have shown the correlation between elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular disease or stroke.
The Holter Pressure Index is very useful in different situations:
• in patients who have an unstable blood pressure (that is, the blood pressure levels vary considerably from one period to another)
• in patients who become easily agitated when faced with the doctor's "white coat" have pressure fluctuations, but at home their blood pressure is normal
• in patients with hypertension undergoing medical treatment, to check that the drug is working at all times of the day, and not just for a few hours (high blood pressure, in fact, damages arteries if it is high only for a few hours of the day)
• in patients who, while having normal blood pressure, during the day experience symptoms that may reflect sudden increases or decreases in blood pressure (dizziness, disorientation, flushing, cold sweat, feeling faint, "empty head", bleeding from the nose etc.)
• in patients with hypertension who take medication to lower blood pressure and occasionally experience symptoms, to see if the problems are related to an excessive drop in pressure (and in this case you have to reduce the dosage of treatment), or if it is due to other causes.
What happens in reality?
The day of the test at the pharmacy, we fit the device and bracelet and start the device.
We recommend you wear loose clothing, making it possible to hide the small device and cuff.
During the examination period, the blood pressure levels are measured (PA) as well as heart rate (HR), both while performing normal daily activities and work, and during the night.
After 24 hours, we will remove the device and send the data stored to the specialist centre for telemedicine allowing the cardiologist who will be responsible for the medical recording, to produce a very accurate assessment on the indication and effects of the pharmacological treatment.
The report will be delivered the day after the test is completed, and consists of a comprehensive summary of all the measurements made and graphic processing of all the data collected over 24 hours, as well as a synthetic comment by the cardiologist at the telemedicine centre.
The electrocardiogram is an examination which will record and graphically represent the electrical activity of the heart, which corresponds to the contraction (systole) and relaxations (diastole) with which the heart muscle carries out its blood pumping activities.
The visible result on paper is a track with three positive and two negative waves which, if otherwise represented, indicate a pathological condition.
The standard electrocardiogram (at rest) is used to measure the rhythm of the heart, looking for possible arrhythmias, and possible increase in the size of the heart chambers.
Periodic monitoring of the heart is crucial for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Diabetes, hypertension, smoking and obesity are risk factors that may contribute to these diseases.
Nowadays, you can have a electrocardiogram done at the pharmacy, through an easy, fast and reliable telemedicine service.
The electrocardiogram is a simple, non-invasive and risk-free test. In practice, the examination is performed with the patient in the supine position: the pharmacist applies 10 sensors, six to your chest at heart level and the other four on your legs and arms; he records your heartbeat and then submits his findings to a specialised cardiology centre where an constantly online cardiologist processes the data and within minutes sends back the electrocardiogram report.
The electrocardiogram recorded with such a service has the same quality and reliability as the one done with normal electrocardiographic equipment. It is always best to go over the test results with your doctor.
Measuring blood pressure is very important for assessing the health of the cardiovascular system.
For the elderly, those who suffer from hypotension and hypertension, the control must be done regularly and is recommended for everyone at least 3 times a year.
Normal levels of blood pressure should be below 140/90 mmHg.
Blood pressure lower than 120/80 mmHg is considered excellent.
ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION was defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the pressure that with more readings is greater than or equal to the value of 140 mmHg systolic (systolic arterial hypertension) or 90 mm Hg diastolic (HYPERTENSION DIASTOLIC).
Systolic blood pressure levels between 140 and 159 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure between 90 and 99 mmHg are defined as mild hypertension.
Blood pressure of 160-179 mmHg systolic or 100-109 mm Hg diastolic hypertension are moderate.
Finally, values equal to or higher than 180 and 110 mmHg respectively of systolic and diastolic hypertension constitute severe or high risk.
It is important to note that if the blood pressure has been self-read at home, then tensive values below 135/85 mmHg should be considered normal.
What symptoms does it cause?
Many hypertension suffers are so, unknowingly, and often they find out during a periodical medical check-up. It is no coincidence that the British call hypertension, the silent killer. One should, however, not underestimate any symptoms potentially due to high blood pressure such as: headaches, tinnitus, visual disturbances, feelings of light-headedness, dizziness and vertigo; feeling sick with poor concentration and memory; redness of the face; palpitations, nosebleeds.
What causes it?
In the vast majority of patients you cannot find a real cause of hypertension, and is, therefore, called essential or primitive. More rarely specific diseases can be identified that can cause hypertension: kidney diseases, endocrine diseases, congenital diseases, etc ...
It is possible in just five minutes to accurately determine 11 urinary clinical parameters such as: