Blood Pressure Testing
At Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy we offer a blood pressure testing service. One of our trained totalhealth advisors will give you the results within minutes and will also explain the results in easy to understand language. Your result will show if your Blood Pressure is normal. high or low.
Checking your Blood Pressure is a simple, quick, painless test. The totalhealth advisor will wrap a cuff around your upper arm.The cuff is then inflated and slowly deflated, allowing your blood pressure to be read. The advisor will then advise if your Blood Pressure is normal, low or high and if you need to take further action.
Low: 90/60 or less
You may have low blood pressure with symptoms such as fainting, dizziness & blackouts. Consult your pharmacist about how you should increase your BP to a normal level.
Healthy: More than 90/60 and less than 120/80.
Your BP is healthy. Follow a healthy lifestyle and keep it at this level.
High: 140 over 90 (140/90) or higher (over a number of weeks):
You may have high blood pressure (hypertension). The main area for concern is if you have high blood pressure, read on to find out more about what it is, how it may affect you, and what help you can get to bring it under control.
What does having high blood pressure mean?
High blood pressure is when your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels more strongly than normal. The medical term for this is hypertension, and if untreated it can put extra strain on your heart, kidneys and blood vessels, which may increase your risk of health problems in the future. High blood pressure is a serious but very common medical condition, which can be treated and managed very successfully. Although being told you have high blood pressure can be worrying and confusing, there are many things that you can do to help lower your blood pressure and keep it under control.
Why didn't I know I had it?
You may have heard that high blood pressure causes headaches, a red face and nose bleeds, but the truth is that it rarely causes any of these things; it tends to be symptomless. This is why there are so many people who have high blood pressure but don't know it because they feel completely well. The only way to find out is to have a blood pressure check.
Why have I got it?
That is a hard question to answer, as high blood pressure can affect anyone of either sex, any age, or any ethnic group. It also tends to be more common as we get older. and lifestyle factors such as being overweight. not being active enough and eating too much salt can contribute to it. Roughly one in ten people with high blood pressure have another health problem that is causing it, and treating that health problem may lower their blood pressure. For the other nine out of ten people with high blood pressure, there isn't a single, simple health problem causing it. For most of us, high blood pressure is caused by a wide range of different factors all working together.
Why does it need to be treated?
Treating and controlling your blood pressure successfully will reduce strain on your heart, kidneys and blood vessels, to significantly lower your chances of having a stroke, a heart attack or other serious health problems such as dementia in the future. If you have diabetes or kidney disease, have had a heart attack or a stroke it is even more important to control your blood pressure -it's a bit like taking out an insurance policy for your future health: the lower you can get your blood pressure, the greater your chances of living to a ripe old age.
How can it be treated?
Your totalhealth advisor is trained to advise on the best course of action for your blood pressure test result. You may need to visit your GP and be prescribed blood pressure medication, which can control the condition very successfully. You will need to be monitored on a regular basis, which your totalhealth pharmacy can do for you.
What will happen if I ignore it?
Because high blood pressure is usually symptomless. if left untreated it can slowly damage your blood vessels. heart and kidneys. and you won't even be aware of it. If you ignore high blood pressure, you may continue to feel well for some time. but the damage will be building up inside you.
What can I do about it?
High blood pressure cannot usually be 'cured', but it can be lowered and controlled very successfully. Thousands of people in Ireland have already successfully lowered their blood pressure and are helping to keep it down by making the following changes to their lifestyle:
For this reason most people find that a combination of prescribed medication and lifestyle changes. will successfully keep their blood pressure under control and at normal levels, allowing them to live a normal life.
Will I have to be on treatment for life?
High blood pressure is a long-term problem that requires lon-term treatment to keep it under control. For this reason most people find that they need to take tablets to keep their blood pressure down for the rest of their lives. However, a few people are able to bring their blood pressure down by really sticking to changes in their lifestyle, and may be able to reduce or stop some of their tablets.
As our name says, at Feelys totalhealth Pharmacy, we aim to look after your total health. We offer all our prescription customers Free blood pressure test to assist them to choose a course of action, or just to put their minds at ease. Just ask a member of our friendly staff.
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