Did you know that 1 in 3 adults suffers from high blood pressure which, if untreated, can increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Why not ask us about a free blood pressure check?
Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Your blood pressure reading uses two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Usually they are written one above or before the other. A reading of 120/80 or lower is normal blood pressure, 140/90 or higher is high blood pressure,120 and 139 for the top number, or between 80 and 89 for the bottom number is prehypertension
What is High blood pressure?
Or otherwise known as hypertension. This means that your blood pressure is higher over a period of time than what it should be. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but it can cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure. You can control high blood pressure through healthy lifestyle habits and taking medicines, if needed.
What can you do and how can we help?
You can find out if you have high blood pressure by checking your blood pressure regularly. At any of our pharmacies we can offer a free blood pressure check, and help you with any lifestyle changes that you may need, such as stopping smoking or improving your diet and even losing weight! All you need to do is book an appointment either by phone or the form below, or even just simply drop in and we can do it there and then for you. Our trained staff will also provide you with a report that you can take your GP if required.
Before the blood pressure test you should..
Not drink coffee or smoke cigarettes for 30 minutes prior to the test. These actions may cause a short-term rise in your blood pressure. Go to the bathroom before the test. Having a full bladder can change your blood pressure reading. Sit for 5 minutes before the test. Movement can cause short-term rises in blood pressure. Preferably come first thing in the morning for a more accurate reading. The stresses and strains of a normal day can affect blood pressure.
if you require further information or want to speak to one of our Pharmacists, feel free to call us on 02476-404177 (option 4)