Know your numbers
Healthy adults aged over 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least once every five years.
If you are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, you should have your blood pressure checked more often, ideally once a year.
But you may just want to confirm your GP’s diagnosis, or check your blood pressure tablets are working.
For just £1.00, come in at any time, so long as the consultation room is free and one of the team can take your blood pressure. Before having your blood pressure taken, you should rest for at least five minutes, so we will ask you to take a seat, and relax. If you want us to tell your GP your blood pressure reading we will.
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and it is recorded as two figures:
- systolic pressure – the pressure of the blood when your heart pushes blood out
- diastolic pressure – the pressure of the blood when your heart rests in between beats, which reflects how strongly your arteries are resisting blood flow.
For example, if you are told your blood pressure is “140 over 90″ or 140/90mmHg, it means you have a systolic pressure of 140mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg.
Ideally, your blood pressure reading should be below 120/80mmHg. However, anything under 130/80mmHg is generally considered normal.
You are said to have high blood pressure if readings on separate occasions consistently show your blood pressure to be 140/90mmHg or higher.
Factors that can raise your risk of developing high blood pressure include:
- age – the risk of developing high blood pressure increases as you get older
- a family history of high blood pressure (the condition seems to run in families)
- being of African or Caribbean origin
- a high amount of salt in your food
- a lack of exercise
- being overweight or obese
- drinking large amounts of alcohol
Atrial Fibrillation Detection
This is detected by our blood pressure monitor. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart beat, and because it interrupts the blood flow around the body can cause stroke. It is estimated that 7 in every 100 people over 65 years suffer from this condition and it is often without symptoms.