Blood Pressure Service
Our Blood Pressure Service is administered by our trained pharmacy team. If you are interested in receiving this service, our trained professionals will take you to one of our GPhC approved consultation rooms, asking you to rest for 5 minutes before measuring your blood pressure in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
What is Blood Pressure?
All blood pressure readings are presented in the form of two readings; systolic pressure and diastolic pressure (mmHg).
The ideal blood pressure is usually considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or above. For anyone over the age of 80, high blood pressure is considered to be 150/90mmHg or higher.
If you produce blood pressure readings between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg, you are potentially at risk of developing high blood pressure if you do not take steps to keep your blood pressure under control. General health and lifestyle tips can help you address your ‘pre-blood pressure’ and get you back on track.
High blood pressure (hypertension) very rarely has noticeable symptoms. If it is left untreated it can increase your risk of serious complications such as strokes and/or heart attacks.
Why should you get your blood pressure checked?
If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, your heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes. Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions, such as:
- heart disease
- heart attacks
- heart failure
- peripheral arterial disease
- aortic aneurysms
- kidney disease
- vascular dementia
If you have high blood pressure, reducing it even a small amount can help lower your risk of these health conditions.
The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked!
You are at risk of high blood pressure if you:
- are over the age of 65
- are overweight
- are of African or Caribbean descent
- have a relative with high blood pressure
- eat too much salt and do not eat enough fruit and vegetables
- do not do enough exercise
- drink too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
- do not get much sleep or have disturbed sleep
This is a FREE service.