Blood Pressure Checks

Heart and circulatory disease is the UK’s No 1 Killer. The death rate from coronary heart disease in the UK is amongst the highest in the world. Almost twice as many women die from heart and circulatory disease as they do from cancer. The British Heart Foundation is the largest source of funds for independent heart research in this country.

Q: What is Blood Pressure?
A: When your heart beats it pumps blood round the body. Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries (the tubes that the blood flows away from the heart)

Q: What is Systolic pressure?
A: This is the pressure when the heart beats

Q: What is Diastolic pressure?
A: This is the pressure when the heart relaxes.

Q: How is Blood Pressure (BP) recorded?
A: Typically as systolic/diastolic pressure (e.g 120/ 80)

Q: What is high blood pressure (hypertension)
A: There is nothing set in stone but if your BP is 160/90 or higher you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

To learn more and find out how to access blood pressure checks, as part of our NHS Health Check, please contact us.