High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.
If you are taking blood pressure medication please ensure you arrange to have an annual blood test, it is easier to remember this if you arrange it in your birthday month. You also need to have your blood pressure checked every six months, you can do this in several ways as follows:-
This is the most accurate and the easiest way of checking blood pressure.
Monitors are available from pharmacies, supermarkets and online at a price of £10-20. You may need to monitor your BP for life, so it will be a good investment.
Each surgery will have BP machines available for you to use.
Glevum surgery –Tuesday and Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm. Saturdays 8-10am.
St Michael’s surgery - During normal opening hours
Appointments with HCAs are now reserved for those who are requiring assistance in operating the machine themselves.
If you are not sure how to use a machine the HCA could teach you how to use your machine.
High Blood Pressure Explained - NHS Choices
High blood pressure has no symptoms, but if it's not treated it can damage the kidneys, heart and brain.