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Free blood pressure monitoring

What is high blood pressure?

What is high blood pressure?

Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of your arteries (large blood vessels) as it is pumped around your body by your heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on your arteries and your heart, which makes it more likely that you will suffer a heart attack, a stroke or kidney disease.

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (which is written as mmHg) and it is recorded as two figures:

  1. systolic pressure: the pressure of the blood when your heart beats to pump blood out

  2. diastolic pressure: the pressure of the blood when your heart rests in between beats

For example, if your GP says your blood pressure is '140 over 90', or 140/90mmHg, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.

You are said to have high blood pressure (medically known as hypertension) if readings on separate occasions consistently show your blood pressure to be 140/90mmHg or higher.

A blood pressure reading below 130/80mmHg is considered to be normal.

Who is most at risk?

Your chances of having high blood pressure increase as you get older. There is often no clear cause of high blood pressure but you are at increased risk if you:

  • are overweight

  • have a relative with high blood pressure

  • are of African or Caribbean descent

  • eat a lot of salt

  • don't eat many fruit and vegetables

  • don't take enough exercise

  • drink a lot of alcohol

If you fall into any of the groups listed above, you should consider making changes to your lifestyle to lower your risk of high blood pressure. You should also consider having your blood pressure checked more often, ideally once a year especially if you are over 60 years of age.

Prevention and treatment

You can take effective steps to prevent high blood pressure by:

  • losing weight if you need to

  • exercising regularly

  • eating a healthy diet

  • cutting back if you drink a lot of alcohol

  • stopping smoking

  • cutting down on salt and caffeine

Find out more about how to prevent high blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is found to be high, it will need to be closely monitored until it is brought under control. Your doctor will usually suggest changes to your lifestyle but will also usually have to prescribe medication to achieve this. Find out more about how blood pressure is treated.

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Blood Pressure Monitoring

Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is extremely important –particularly if you are prone to high blood pressure. Our pharmacists will help you to monitor your blood pressure by doing several checks over a period of time to get a solid reading.


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