Blood Pressure Health Check
Blood pressure is the force of your blood exerted on the walls of your arteries – the vessels that carry your blood from your heart to your brain and the rest of your body. When your heart beats, it pumps blood round your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels in pulses. The force of this pushing, during a heartbeat, is measured as your systolic blood pressure and given as the top number. Diastolic blood pressure is measured between beats and is given as the bottom number. For example 120 over 80, or 120/80.
High blood pressure isn’t usually something you can feel or notice, but you are more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) or have a stroke. Usually, having a low blood pressure is not a cause for concern, however sometimes when your blood pressure drops you may feel faint or dizzy.
As many as 7 million people in the UK are living with undiagnosed high blood pressure, yet it affects more than 1 in 4 adults.
Who is most at risk?
Your chances of having high blood pressure increase as you get older. There isn’t always a clear cause of high blood pressure but you are at increased risk and should get a blood pressure health check if you:
- are aged over 65
- are overweight
- have a relative with high blood pressure
- are of African or Caribbean descent
- eat too much salt
- don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables
- don’t do enough exercise
- drink too much alcohol
- drink too much coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
If you fall into any of the groups listed above, consider making changes to your lifestyle to lower your risk of high blood pressure. You may also wish to have a blood pressure health check at least once a year. All adults should have a blood pressure health check at least every five years as part of health promotion. Having this done is easy and could save your life.
You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure by
- losing weight if you need to
- reducing the amount of salt you eat
- exercising regularly
- eating a healthy diet
- cutting back if you drink too much alcohol
- cutting down on caffeine
- stopping smoking
Mobile Health MOT can advise you on lifestyle choices that could assist you in reducing your blood pressure. Following the results of our blood pressure health check, we may suggest you visit your GP.
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Our health screening services can be offered as part of a package or on a one-off basis. You can have all or part of the full package.
For more information about our health screening programmes for companies or for individuals at home or in the Anderson Clinic, please call us on 07975 707 886, use our online contact form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.