NHS Blood Pressure Checks

What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?

High blood pressure also known as hypertension, is a serious condition where your heart is made to consistently work harder to pump blood around your body.

High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 adults in the UK*. The condition does not usually have any symptoms, so getting your blood pressure checked is the best way to identify high blood pressure.

If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart problems, stroke, and damage to other vital organs.

Am I high risk for high blood pressure?

There are many factors that can contribute to a person being more at risk of developing high blood pressure. These are:

  • Being overweight
  • Eating too much salt and not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Not exercising
  • Drinking too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep
  • 65 or over
  • Having a relative with high blood pressure
  • Being of black African or black Caribbean descent
  • Living in a deprived area

Making healthy lifestyle choices may be able help reduce your chances of getting high blood pressure and help lower it if its already high. Click here to find out how to prevent high blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle changes.

Who can get their blood pressure checked?

Our pharmacies are offering a free NHS hypertension screening service to all adults over 40 who are not currently being treated for hypertension by their GP surgery. If you are worried about your blood pressure, visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy. Click here to find your local Day Lewis Pharmacy.

What happens during the blood pressure check?

During a blood pressure check, one of our trained pharmacists will measure your blood pressure in a private consultation room.

The reading will then be explained to you, and you will be offered advice and support in accordance with your results. If required we may recommend you wear an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring device (ABPM) which measures your blood pressure over 24 hours, or you may be referred  to your GP if necessary.

What is an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Device (ABPM)?

The ABPM is a device that is intended to be worn over a 24-hour period, as a method used to automatically measure blood pressure on a continuous basis.

It is fitted by the pharmacist and is painless. After wearing the ABPM for 24-hours you will need to return it to the pharmacy. The results will then be analysed by one of our trained pharmacists and then shared with your GP.

*Blood Pressure UK: Blood Pressure Facts and Figures, January 2017

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