Blood Pressure Testing
YYou can have your Blood Pressure checked at any Sedem Pharmacy simply by calling in. You do not need to make an appointment to have your Blood Pressure checked or you can contact us by emailing us and a member of our Customer Care team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
What Is Blood Pressure?
our heart pumps blood around your body through a network of tubing called arteries. Every time your heart pumps it forces blood through these arteries and into smaller blood vessels called capillaries. The force that your heart produces in your arteries when it pumps is called your blood pressure. When the heart contracts and forces blood through the arteries your blood pressure goes up, when the heart relaxes it goes down.
140/90mmHg is the level of blood pressure used to diagnose high blood pressure. If your blood pressure is consistently raised at these levels and above, it will need to be treated.
What Happens If My Blood Pressure Reading Is High?
Hypertension is a serious condition but it can be lowered either by changing your lifestyle or if necessary taking medication. Having high blood pressure causes strain on the vessels carrying blood around your body. This strain can cause vessels to become clogged up or to weaken and this in turn can lead to narrow blood vessels and clots, which can cause damage to the heart or brain.
Where Can I Get My Blood Pressure Tested?
Community pharmacies can be involved in the care of people with hypertension by giving advice on healthy lifestyles (primary prevention) and also by measuring their blood pressure and if necessary referring them back to their GP (detection).
You can have your Blood Pressure checked at any Sedem Pharmacy simply by calling in. You do not need to make an appointment to have your Blood Pressure checked or you can contact us by emailing us and a member of our Customer Care team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
How will my blood pressure be taken?
This will be done in the pharmacy consultation room and will involve a cuff being placed over the upper arm. The machine will be switched on and a reading will be taken from the machine. You will be given a copy of your results.
The reading can however be elevated under the following conditions:
- if you are anxious or nervous
- if you are a smoker and had your last cigarette within 20 minutes of the measurement
- if you have had any caffeine within 20 minutes of the measurement
- Habitual and excessive alcohol consumption (above 4 units per day)
- Non compliance with medication
- Other medical conditions and medications taken by you eg:hyperthyroidism
When will I get the results of my Blood Pressure Test?
You will be given the results straight away. If you Blood Pressure is higher than normal you may be given advice in relation to your health style. If there is any cause for concern in relation to your Blood Pressure reading then you will be referred to your GP.