Blood Pressure Checks

It’s quick and easy, and having your blood pressure checked could save your life.

You can get your blood pressure checked at any of the following:

Your registered GP surgery

Your local pharmacy

Bhogals PharmacyBoots BroadmeadBoots EastgateEaston Day & NightEaston PharmacyEastville Pharmacy, Jhoots PharmacyLloyds RedfieldRedcliffe PharmacySoods Pharmacy

Your local Caafi Health Community Clinic

Barakah Mall, 48 Stapleton Road, BS5 0RA 11am - 4.30pm on 12 May, 9 June, 23 June, 14 July, 11 Aug & 8 Sept 2023

St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, BS2 8XJ - 11am – 4.30pm on 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 Aug & 1 Sept 2023

Wellspring Settlement, 48 Dulcie Road, BS5 0AX 11am – 4.30pm on 19 May, 16 June, 21 July, 18 Aug & 15 Sept 2023

Understanding your blood pressure reading

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and is given as 2 numbers:

  • systolic pressure – the pressure when your heart pushes blood out
  • diastolic pressure – the pressure when your heart rests between beats

 The highest number is always the systolic pressure and it's always given first. For example, a blood pressure given as "120 over 80" or 120/80mmHg means a systolic pressure of 120mmHg and a diastolic pressure of 80mmHg.

 A blood pressure test checks if your blood pressure is healthy, or if it's high or low.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is not usually a problem, although it can cause dizziness and fainting in some people.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, if it's not treated.

As a general guide:

  • normal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg
  • high blood pressure is considered to be 140/90mmHg or higher
  • low blood pressure is considered to be 90/60mmHg or lower

If your reading is higher than 140/90mmHg you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible.

If your reading is between 120/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg, you may be at risk of developing high blood pressure.  There are things you can do to help prevent high blood pressure.

If you have been diagnosed with high or low blood pressure, or you have a high risk of developing either, you may need more frequent checks of your blood pressure.

 

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