The Urwin Pharmacy Group

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Measuring Blood Pressure

Our blood pressure monitoring service measures whether your blood pressure is within a normal blood pressure range or whether you have high or low blood pressure.

Your blood pressure is measured with a device that normally uses an arm cuff to measure the pressure of your blood when your heart pushes blood out (systolic pressure) and the pressure of your blood in between beats when your heart rests (diastolic pressure). You will be given two readings which are measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg) and will be recorded as the systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure.




Causes of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to increased risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes if not treated. Low blood pressure (hypotension) is often not as serious but can lead to dizziness and fainting in some. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure reduces these risks.

You are more at risk of high blood pressure if you have a history of heart disease, are overweight, do not exercise regularly, eat fatty and processed foods and smoke or drink alcohol excessively. Stress and anxiety can also cause an increase in your blood pressure.

Regular exercise, a healthy diet with at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and low sodium intake, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption can all help to reduce high blood pressure. You could also try techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises or yoga if you are prone to stress and anxiety.

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure testing is included as part of your NHS Health check which is offered every 5 years to all adults in the UK over 40 years old. However, this service is also available at all three Urwin Pharmacies in Seaton, Mirehouse and Seacliffe, for those who want to monitor their blood pressure more regularly or may be at risk of increased blood pressure.

Your pharmacist will be able to recommend lifestyle changes that can help reduce your blood pressure alongside other useful informational resources for maintaining a healthy blood pressure range. For those more at risk or needing medication, they may refer you to your GP.

For more information or to arrange an appointment with one of our local branches, do not hesitate to get in touch.