Peter worked late one night and had dinner just before going to bed. He had trouble sleeping because of heartburn, and the feeling was still there the following morning. He went to see Michael, his pharmacist, to get some advice. Michael took the time to ask the right questions and then took his blood pressure. Turned out it was off the charts. Peter was showing signs of a heart attack! Watch the video above to find out what happened to him.Based on a real story about Michael Gleiser, pharmacist-owner at Bossons Guardian Pharmacy, and one of his patients.
“Peter had underestimated his symptoms,” said Michael. “If we hadn’t talked about the way he felt, he probably would’ve taken an antacid and walked away… and who knows what would’ve happened then? Like many patients, he thought it was nothing. He wanted to go to work and get on with his day. A good piece of advice is to ask questions, and listen to your body—don’t just brush off symptoms.”
Take your meds and understand them. They can make you feel better, help your heart work better, and help you live longer. Make your medication routine as simple as you can. For example, synchronize your prescription renewals and don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist for a pill organizer or dispenser. Be sure to raise any concerns about side effects with your pharmacist. They will be able to propose solutions, and of course, give you good advice.