Frequently Asked Questions
You should have a blood pressure test if you’re worried about your blood pressure at any time or are in any of the higher risk groups. It can show how healthy you are overall, and whether your heart and blood vessels are in good shape.
If it’s not treated, high blood pressure can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Our trained staff will measure your blood pressure during a consultation in our private room. Blood pressure machine types vary, though measurement often requires a cuff to be wrapped around your upper arm and inflated until it’s tight. This can feel uncomfortable for a few seconds.
We will explain your result to you and, if needed, offer a more thorough 24hr test. If necessary, we can refer you to a GP or for emergency admission.
Being overweight, eating too much salt and not doing enough exercise are all possible causes of hypertension. Drinking too much alcohol or coffee, smoking and poor sleep are also linked to high blood pressure.
Those over 65 or who have a relative with high blood pressure are more likely to have it themselves. People of black African or black Caribbean descent or who live in a deprived area also tend to be more at risk.
If you are over 40 and not currently diagnosed, book an appointment here or pop into your local branch. If you meet the NHS criteria, we will check your blood pressure when it suits you.
During your appointment, our qualified health professionals will ask about any symptoms you are experiencing and answer any other questions you may have.