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Blood Pressure Monitoring

High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it.

The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.

Risks of high blood pressure

If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, 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
  • Strokes
  • 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.

Check your blood pressure

The only way of knowing whether you have high blood pressure is to have a blood pressure test.

All adults over 40 are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.

Getting this done is easy and could save your life.

You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places, including:

  • At your GP surgery
  • At some pharmacies
  • As part of your NHS Health Check
  • In some workplaces

You can also check your blood pressure yourself with a home blood pressure monitor.

You can get a free blood pressure check at a participating pharmacy.

A new service finder on NHS.uk allows people to search for and find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks. The tool explains who is eligible to go to a pharmacy to get their blood pressure checked and can be searched using a postcode, with the nearest pharmacy listed first.

Click here to go to the search page.

Causes of High Blood pressure

It’s not always clear what causes high blood pressure, but certain things can increase your risk.

You’re at an increased risk of high blood pressure if you:

  • Over the age of 65
  • Overweight
  • 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)
  • Smoke
  • Do not get much sleep or have disturbed sleep

Making healthy lifestyle changes can help reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure and help lower your blood pressure if it’s already high.

 

Our goal is to help you to take control of your high blood pressure.

Blood Pressure monitoring machines are available to buy in many local shops. Prices now start from as little as £15.00. Many of our patients have purchased their own machines and then provide us with their blood pressure measurements. Should you purchase your own machine we can provide a standardised form for your use to record all readings.

To download or view the form click here – Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Form

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  • Monday
    08:30am to 01:00pm
    02:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Tuesday
    08:30am to 12:00pm
    02:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Wednesday
    08:30am to 01:00pm
    02:00pm to 08:00pm
    Evening extended access, limited services only
  • Thursday
    08:30am to 01:00pm
    02:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Friday
    08:30am to 01:00pm
    02:00pm to 06:00pm
  • Saturday
    08:00am to 06:00pm
    Extended access, limited services only
  • Sunday
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