What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure present in the blood vessels of the cardiovascular system. Two values measure the level of blood pressure. The systolic pressure (the higher number) is the pressure in the blood vessels when your heart compresses to pump blood around the body. The diastolic pressure (the lower number) is the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart fills up with blood in between heart beats. Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg).
Why Measure Blood Pressure?
Hypertension is defined as blood pressure measurement great than 140/90mmHg. Hypertension increases with age and affects men more frequently than women. Hypertension forces the heart to work harder and leads damage to both the heart and blood vessels over time. It is essential that hypertension is controlled as it is the single most important risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. There are generally no symptoms associated with high blood pressure; therefore, the only way to identify hypertension is to get your blood pressure measured.
What We Offer to You?
A trained member of staff will perform a blood pressure test in the privacy of our consultation room. The test is performed using an automatic upper arm device so it is important to wear suitable clothing that allows the operator to place the cuff comfortably on the upper arm. You will receive your test results immediately and if you want we can store a copy of your results which you can compare with past and future measurements.
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