Recent studies have shown that people who regularly measure their blood pressure have better control of their condition and lower blood pressure.
We are happy to measure your blood pressure for you as well as show you how to continue with regular checks at home.
Did you know that high blood pressure is believed to contribute three-quarters of all strokes and heart attacks?
That’s a huge risk factor, but despite being such as serious health condition most people with high blood pressure will not have any symptoms. Even if their blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels, they may have no idea. That’s why high blood pressure is called a ‘silent killer’.
Here is a basic guide to blood pressure readings:
• Blood pressure readings give you two numbers, such as 120mmHg/80mmHg (read as 120 over 80). The top number is called the systolic pressure, and the lower number is called the diastolic pressure.
• The ‘mmHg’ stands for millimetres of mercury.
• An optimum blood pressure is a reading with the top number less than 120 and the bottom number less than 80. So 120/80 is nice and healthy.
• Elevated (high) blood pressure is also known as ‘hypertension’.
• Elevated blood pressure or hypertension is defined as when the top number is over 140 and the bottom number is over 90.
A blood pressure check is very simple and completely painless, and takes just one minute.