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Free blood pressure checks at pharmacies

by Cathy Sheel

Residents over 40 are being encouraged to have their blood pressure checked for free at a local pharmacy.

The new NHS ‘Get your blood pressure checked’ campaign is urging all adults aged 40 and over who are eligible to have a blood pressure check at their nearest pharmacy.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second biggest killer in England, causing a quarter of all deaths – around one death every four minutes – and since the pandemic, deaths from CVD have been increasing.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, the biggest risk factor in CVD, is often undiagnosed as it can have no symptoms. It is estimated that there are 4.2 million people in England who are currently walking around with undiagnosed hypertension. Yet many of these deaths are preventable because it can be easily managed.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get a blood pressure test, which is a free, simple, non-invasive procedure and can be completed in a private space at a participating pharmacy.

Once diagnosed, it can be easily treated with prescription medicine, lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet or reducing alcohol and smoking.

Find a pharmacy that offers free blood pressure checks near you by searching “pharmacy blood pressure check” or using the NHS locator.