In Store Services
Blood pressure is the pressure your blood places on the walls of your arteries. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Your blood pressure changes naturally throughout the day, and is at its lowest when you are asleep and can be raised by events such as stress, physical exercise, anxiety and emotion.
Approximately 1 in 3 people in the UK currently have high blood pressure and are not aware of it1. High blood pressure isn’t usually something that you can feel or notice so the only way to know you are suffering from this is to have your blood pressure measured.
You will be asked to sit comfortably in the private consultation room within the pharmacy where you will be required to sign a written consent form to take part in the service. A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your upper arm, the cuff will inflate and squeeze your arm for approximately 30 seconds then your blood pressure reading will show on the blood pressure monitor. Our trained pharmacy staff member will discuss your reading with you and explain what the numbers mean. If your reading is high a re-test may be conducted and a GP referral made if applicable. Our pharmacist will be available should you have any questions about your reading.
In many cases there is no definite cause of high blood pressure, however, there are a number of factors that can increase your risk. Some of these you cannot change or control such as: getting older, being of African, Caribbean or south Asian decent or a family history of high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.
There are lifestyle risk factors that you can change to reduce your risk. These include:
The Free Blood Pressure Measuring Service is now available at your local Rowlands Pharmacy.
To find your nearest local Rowlands Pharmacy simple enter your postcode into the store finder.
Data Sources: 1: British Heart Foundation, 2: NHS choices