What is a blood pressure test?
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. The normal level of blood pressure is usually about 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic). This would be recorded as 120/80. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it measured. Most people with high blood pressure will feel fine and not notice any symptoms
How does a blood pressure test work?
The screening is a quick process whereby a cuff is attached to your arm and measures the flow of blood. Our pharmacists then interpret the information given out by the machine.
Why is monitoring blood pressure 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.
A number of our pharmacies also offer a 24 hour blood pressure monitor service. This form of screening is more accurate than standard blood pressure tests as it monitors your blood pressure at intervals for 24 hours. 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.
Where Is This Service Available
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are operating at reduced capacity for pharmacy services. Please contact the store directly for more information.
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