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High Blood Pressure

As high blood pressure affects one in three adults, it’s important to be aware of the risks and how you can reduce them. Our free, confidential service only takes a few minutes.
 
Help with high blood pressure

Many people living in the UK aren't aware they have high blood pressure. That's understandable because usually there are no symptoms. But, if left untreated, the condition can lead to heart problems, strokes and damage to other vital organs.
 
As you get older you’re more likely to have high blood pressure, but there are also lifestyle factors which can put you at a higher risk. If any of the following apply to you, it’s a good idea to visit our pharmacy for a free blood pressure test:
 

  • You have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease
  • You're overweight
  • You don’t do much exercise
  • You're of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent
  • You drink more than the recommended amount of alcohol (14* units per week for women, 21 units per week for men)
  • You have a diet that’s high in salt
  • You don’t eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day

 
*A unit is equivalent to ½ pint of standard strength beer, a small glass of wine or a single measure of spirits.
 
The test that can make a real difference

The good news is that blood pressure can normally be lowered by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising. Our free blood pressure testing service includes blood pressure readings, advice on your lifestyle and, if necessary, referral to your doctor. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t usually need an appointment.

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