Blood Pressure Monitoring

Horgan's pharmacies offer a blood pressure monitoring service.

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is one of the main causes of heart attacks and strokes. High blood pressure can also damage the eyes and the kidneys. In most cases, hypertension is what is known as a “silent disease” i.e. it will produce no symptoms even while it is damaging the body. This is why it is important to have your blood pressure checked periodically even if you feel fine.

Checking your blood pressure is a quick and painless procedure. A cuff is wrapped around the upper arm and this cuff is then inflated and slowly deflated, allowing your blood pressure to be read.

Our pharmacist will then be able to tell you if your BP is normal or if further action needs to be taken. You will also receive advice on how you may help to keep your blood pressure within normal limits. It’s also an ideal time to discuss your current medication and its effect on your blood pressure.

Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure of under 100/60 might need investigation by the doctor.  At this level oxygen and nutrients carried by the blood may not be reaching all the body’s tissues.  This may lead to symptoms such as

•             Fainting

•             Dizziness

•             Blackouts or

•             Confusion.

High blood pressure

If your BP reading is consistently above 140/90 (on more than three occasions while you are at REST), then please approach your pharmacist or GP for advice.

Signs of sudden, severe high blood pressure may include headaches, sweating, rapid pulse, shortness of breath, dizziness, sleeplessness and visual disturbances.

Drop into one of our Pharmacies for more details about BP monitoring.

 

Our Pharmacy contact details can be found by clicking here.

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