Why Your Blood Pressure Matters

Hypertension also known as high blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer. This is because most people do not experience any symptoms.

If hypertension is left untreated it may cause a heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and also result in kidney disease.

High blood pressure affects more than 1 in 4 adults in England. Those that live in deprived areas are 30% more likely to have high blood pressure than those who live in more affluent areas. Regardless of where you live, you should get your blood pressure tested.

How often should I check my blood pressure?

According to the NHS, healthy adults aged over 40 should have their blood pressure (BP) checked at least once every 5 years. If you are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, you should have your BP checked more frequently, ideally once a year.

Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and could save your life.

Where can I get my blood pressure checked?

If you are over 40 and have not been previously diagnosed with high blood pressure, you can get your BP checked for free. Our pharmacies are offering free blood pressure checks for anyone over 40 who has not previously been diagnosed with high blood pressure. If you would like to have your BP checked contact your local Day Lewis for an appointment.

How can I prevent high blood pressure?

We can all do a few things to help ensure a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. Some of those steps being:

  • Reducing salt intake
  • Keeping active and exercising regularly
  • Stop smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Having your blood pressure checked on a regular basis

If you would like some more advice on making healthy lifestyle changes speak to our qualified teams today.

30th September 2022

Author name: Jemi

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Author: Rachna Chhatralia

Author: Rachna Chhatralia

Rachna qualified as a pharmacist at the London School of Pharmacy. She started working for Day Lewis as a Pharmacist Manager in 2002 and joined our support office team in 2017 as a Professional Services Pharmacist. in 2022 Rachna was promoted to the role of Superintendent Pharmacist of the Day Lewis group.

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