What is blood pressure?
Everyone has blood pressure. It shows the amount of work that your heart must do to pump blood around the body. Two numbers measure your level of blood pressure. The top number records blood pressure when the pressure is at its highest as your heart muscle squeezes out the blood from your heart - this is called systolic pressure. Then your heart relaxes, which allows the blood to flow back into your heart - this is called diastolic pressure.
Average blood pressure is usually usually about 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic). The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it measured as most people with high blood pressure will not notice any symptoms.
How does this blood pressure test work?
A 24 hour blood pressure test requires you to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours and takes blood pressure readings at regular intervals throughout the day and night.
As it monitors your blood pressure for 24 hours, this form of screening is more accurate than standard blood pressure tests. Doctors will often recommend 24 hour blood pressure monitoring before deciding if you need medication to lower your blood pressure or whether your medication needs to be changed.
We will fit the device in-store and remove it the following day. You will be provided with a detailed report showing the changes in your blood pressure over the 24-hour period. This report can then be brought to your GP.
Why is a blood pressure test important?
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) causes silent damage to the blood vessels and the heart. If untreated this damage progresses over time and may result in stroke or heart attack. These serious events occur at a younger age in people with high blood pressure than in people with normal blood pressure.
High blood pressure also increases the risk of damage to the blood vessels in your kidneys and eyes. Medication given to by your doctor following a 24-hour screening can decrease these risks.
Where is this service available?
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