High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure… Look after your health by taking control

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common and thought to affect up to a third of the UK adult population. It’s exactly as the name suggests – when blood pressure is higher than normal for a sustained period. And by higher we usually mean a systolic pressure of more than 140mmHg and/or diastolic pressure of more than 90mmHg.

Systolic pressure is when the heart contracts and pumps blood into your arteries. Normal systolic blood pressure is 120mmHG or below. Diastolic pressure is when the heart is resting, in between beats. Normal diastolic blood pressure is 80mmHg or below. A normal blood pressure reading may be referred to as 120 over 80.

The trouble with high blood pressure is that it’s rare to experience any symptoms, though in some cases people do get a headache, so it’s hard to know you’ve got it. But if you do treat it or adequately control it, you can actively reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and avoid damage to organs, such as your kidneys and eyes.

Find out for if you’re at risk today… And take control
  • Being older – at least half of people over 65 have high blood pressure
  • Having a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease
  • Being overweight
  • Not doing much exercise
  • Being of Asian or African-Caribbean descent
  • Drinking more than two to three units of alcohol a day (up to 14 units a week) if you’re a woman, or three to four units a day (up to 21 units a week) if you’re a man
  • A diet including a lot of salt - ready-made foods are often high in salt. Adults should eat no more than 6g (1 teaspoon) of salt a day.
  • Not eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
Blood Pressure Checks and Advice at LloydsPharmacy

LloydsPharmacy offers FREE blood pressure checks, usually without the need for an appointment. During the check-up, we’ll check your blood pressure and explain what the numbers mean. If you have high blood pressure, we can give you advice on how simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure. And, if necessary, we’ll refer you to your GP. So, if you’re at all concerned, it’s a great way to get peace of mind or, if you are affected, you can start to take steps to improve your health.

Measure your blood pressure at home

Research shows that people who measure their blood pressure at home in between GP appointments have better control of their blood pressure. Shop our range of Blood Pressure Monitors.

Not sure what your blood pressure numbers mean? Call into your local LloydsPharmacy for any help and advice you need.

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