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About high blood pressure
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of England's leading causes of premature death, affecting seven million people and accounting for 1.6 million disability-adjusted life years.
High Blood Pressure is often called the 'silent killer' because it doesn't always cause symptoms until it's too late. It is the most significant risk factor for CVD, affecting one in four adults and is one of the top five risk factors for all premature death and disability in England. An estimated 5.5 million people have undiagnosed hypertension across the country.
Having your blood pressure monitored regularly is essential, as high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems if left untreated.
Free NHS blood pressure monitoring service
This service aims to:
Identify people with high blood pressure aged 40 years or older (who have previously not had a confirmed diagnosis of hypertension), and refer them to general practice to confirm the diagnosis and for appropriate management
At the request of the GP practice, undertake ad hoc clinic and ambulatory blood pressure measurements; and
Provide another opportunity to promote healthy behaviours to patients
Who is eligible for the free NHS blood pressure monitoring service?
The free NHS Blood Pressure Monitoring Service is available for free to:
Adults who are 40 years old or over who do not have a current diagnosis of hypertension
Patients, by exception, under the age of 40 who request the service because they have a recognised family history of hypertension at the pharmacist’s discretion
Patients between 35 and 39 years old who are approached about or request the service at the pharmacist’s discretion
Adults specified by a GP practice for the measurement of blood pressure
Available service options
This service aims to identify people with high blood pressure aged 40 years or older (who have previously not had a confirmed diagnosis of hypertension) and refer them to general practice to confirm the diagnosis and for appropriate management.
£9.99 per patient
Suppose you are not eligible for the free NHS Blood Pressure Monitoring Service. You can take advantage of the Private Blood Pressure Monitoring Service at your local Midway Pharmacy.
Prefer to book this service over the phone?
Call us on 0113 322 9984
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Frequently asked questions
What is high blood pressure (hypertension)?
High blood pressure is medically known as hypertension. It means your blood pressure is consistently too high, and your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. High blood pressure is severe. Ignoring it can lead to heart and circulatory diseases like a heart attack or stroke. It can also cause kidney failure, heart failure, vision problems and vascular dementia.
How blood pressure is tested?
Blood pressure machines vary, but they're all measuring devices, often with an arm cuff attached to them. The cuff is usually wrapped around your upper arm and filled with air until it feels tight. This can feel uncomfortable, but it only lasts a few seconds.
What causes high blood pressure?
There isn’t always an explanation for the cause of high blood pressure, but most people develop high blood pressure because of their diet, lifestyle or medical condition.
Sometimes high blood pressure runs in families and can also worsen with age. People living in deprived areas are at higher risk of high blood pressure, which is also more common if you are of African or Caribbean descent. Even in these cases, you may still be able to improve your blood pressure by changing your diet and being active.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
High blood pressure rarely has noticeable symptoms. The following can be symptoms of high blood pressure:
Shortness of breath
Can lifestyle changes reduce blood pressure?
Yes, the following are examples of lifestyle changes that can help reduce high blood pressure:
reduce the amount of salt you eat and have a generally healthy diet
cut back on alcohol
lose weight if you're overweight
cut down on caffeine
Some people with high blood pressure may also need to take one or more medicines to stop their blood pressure from getting too high.
How can I prevent high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.
How do I treat high blood pressure?
Doctors can help you keep your blood pressure at a safe level using either lifestyle changes or medicines. What works best is different for each person.
Talk to your doctor to help you decide about treatment.
Where can I get my blood pressure measured or tested?
You can get your blood pressure checked at GP surgeries, some pharmacies and some workplaces.
Where is this service available?
This service is available in our branches, which are commutable from anywhere in Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull, Doncaster, Ripon, Harrogate, Dewsbury, Keighley and Scarborough.
Are next-day appointments available?
Yes, you can get next-day appointments at all our branches. Contact our customer care team if you cannot find an available slot.
Next-day appointments are available at our branches.