How to check my blood pressure in Birmingham

A blood pressure test checks if your blood pressure is normal, high, or low. Blood pressure is the name used to describe the strength that blood applies on the sides of your arteries when pumped around the body. Low blood pressure (hypotension) can lead to dizziness and fainting in some instances. However, it’s not usually considered a serious health problem. On the other hand, high blood pressure (hypertension) can result in serious health problems, such as strokes and heart attacks, if left untreated. Keep reading to answer the commonly asked question, “how do I check my blood pressure in Birmingham?”

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Healthy adults above the age of 40 years are encouraged to get their blood pressure checked at least once every five years. Your blood pressure should be checked more often, annually if possible, if you’re considered to be at an increased risk of getting high blood pressure.

It’s relatively easy to have your blood pressure checked and could turn out to be life-saving.


What tests are done to check my blood pressure in Birmingham?

Your pharmacist will need some information about your medical history before performing a physical examination. An inflatable arm cuff with a pressure-measuring gauge will then be placed around your arm to measure your blood pressure.

Blood pressure measurements are categorised into:

Normal blood pressure – If the figures are below 120/80 mm Hg.
Elevated blood pressure – Refers to systolic pressure ranging between 120 and 129 mm Hg, and a diastolic pressure below 80 mm Hg.
Stage 1 hypertension – When the figures are between 130 and 139 mm Hg for systolic pressure and 80 to 89 mm Hg for diastolic pressure.
Stage 2 hypertension – More serious hypertension with a systolic pressure reading of 140 mm Hg or above or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg and above.
Hypertensive crisis – Measurement of above 180/120 mm Hg. It’s a serious complication that needs urgent medical attention.

We offer blood pressure testing devices that you can take with you wherever you go. Check out our previous blog post on portable electronic health devices here:

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Tests to check my blood pressure in Birmingham

In case of high blood pressure, you may be required to undergo further tests for diagnosis and confirmation.  This will also check for any underlying issues that can lead to hypertension. These tests may include:

Ambulatory monitoring. This 24-hour blood pressure monitoring test involves a device for regularly measuring blood pressure for a 24-hour period to remove any doubts concerning your blood pressure. It gives a more accurate picture of changes in your blood pressure during an average day and night.
Lab tests. A urine test (urinalysis) may be recommended, as well as blood tests, including a cholesterol test.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). It’s a quick and painless test for measuring electrical activity in your heart.
– Depending on the test results and signs and symptoms, an echocardiogram may be performed to check for further signs of a heart condition.

How to check my blood pressure in Birmingham

What are the five symptoms of high blood pressure?

Below are some of the symptoms to look out for if your blood pressure is extremely high.

– Fatigue or confusion
– Severe headaches
– Chest pain
– Vision problems
– Breathing problems and Irregular heartbeat

It’s never too early nor too late to apply healthy lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, exercising, and eating healthy foods to your life. They are key to protecting yourself against high blood pressure and the health conditions that come with it, heart attacks and strokes included.

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This blog post was written on behalf of Saydon Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.