Blood Pressure Monitoring

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of the arteries

Even if you are in good health, you should check your blood pressure regularly; high blood pressure has virtually no symptoms. However, recent data indicates that in Australia 32% of men and 27% of women suffer from high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of the arteries. Your blood pressure varies throughout the day depending on your activities. High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood pressure is persistently higher than normal. It's one of the main risk factors for heart disease and if left uncontrolled can lead to a heart attack or stroke.


Blood pressure that is high over a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The medical name for high blood pressure over a long period of time is hypertension.


Causes of Hypertension
The exact causes of hypertension are often not clear and may be affected by
factors such as:

• family history
• diet, including eating too much salt
• alcohol intake
• weight
• your level of physical activity

Health Check Procedure

Blood Pressure should be taken when you are at rest. Your Pharmacist will fit an adjustable cuff around your upper arm (roughly at heart level); the cuff will inflate and stop the blood flow through the artery. As the cuff deflates, blood begins to flow again, and the machine measures the vibration in the arterial wall (systolic pressure).

Diastolic pressure is measured when the blood flow is continuous and no longer creating a vibration against the arterial wall. Your Pharmacist will also ask you some questions relating to your lifestyle and blood pressure history. Your Blood Pressure Evaluation should take around 5 minutes.

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Tips & Advice

Discuss a treatment plan with your healthcare professional.

Manage your weight through appropriate diet and exercise

Quit smoking; smoking doubles your risk of stroke.

Limit your intake of saturated fats and salt.

Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake.

A blood pressure evaluation is quick,
easy, and painless. Visit your local Blooms The Chemist for more information.

High blood pressure can be indicative of further health concerns; a Blood Pressure Evaluation may help identify the need for further tests, and a management plan.

Robert Hillman
Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist, Lithgow

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