You’ve probably heard the term ‘blood pressure’ before, but do you know what it means? Blood pressure is the measure of how hard your heart has to work to pump your blood. Consistently having blood pressure that’s too high or too low can lead to several preventable health complications, many of which are serious.
Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can lead to dizziness, falls, and weakness. It can sometimes even be a sign of a more severe underlying health issue. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can make you more susceptible to heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks.
Abnormal blood pressure usually presents with no noticeable symptoms. The only way to find out your blood pressure reading is by getting tested for it. Blood pressure checks are a simple and painless way to stay on top of your health.
What to expect during a Blood Pressure Check?
During your blood pressure check, a cuff is wrapped and tightened around your upper arm. Electronic blood pressure cuffs can automatically record your blood pressure, otherwise the professional carrying out the test will use a sphygmomanometer to record your blood pressure. Results will be available in as little as a minute.
Blood Pressure NHS Check
Most adults over 40 are able to get a free blood pressure check through the NHS. Adults under the age of 40 who have a family history of high blood pressure may also be eligible for a free check. Those not covered by free blood pressure NHS checks can pay for this service privately.
Blood pressure checks can be carried out at a clinic, GP surgery, or a blood pressure check pharmacy like West Chemist. At West Chemist, a trained member of our pharmacy staff will meet with you in the comfort of our private consultation room. We’ll walk you through any questions you have and perform the test when you’re ready.
Once the results are recorded, we’ll discuss what they mean and make any further recommendations if they are needed. We can also give you advice on how to control your blood pressure and keep it within a healthy range.
Where Can I Get My Blood Pressure Checked?
If you’ve been searching online for ‘blood pressure checks near me,’ West Chemist is a trustworthy local blood pressure check pharmacy. Simply contact us, call in, or book an appointment online through our website’s booking system.