Blood pressure is a measure of the force of the blood on the walls of the arteries as the blood flows through them. Worldwide, high blood pressure (Hypertension) affects up to 40% of people 25 and older. High blood pressure is something that can adversely affect your health and needs to be monitored. We offer a free blood pressure test service here at Delany’s Pharmacy.
blood pressure test
One of our trained staff will take your blood pressure in our private consultation room. The test itself is quick and painless. We simply place a cuff around the top of your arm, which inflates and deflates and provides you with your blood pressure reading. Based on these readings, we will be able to tell you if your blood pressure is normal or whether further action is needed such as referral to your GP.
Your results will show two numbers. The first number represents the pressure of your heart beat pushing blood into your arteries. This is Systolic Pressure. The second number is the pressure when your heart rests between beats. This is Diastolic Pressure.
Low Blood Pressure
People with a reading of around 90/60 or less are commonly regarded as having low blood pressure, according to the HSE.
Symptoms of low blood pressure include:
- blurred vision
- light headed
Normal Blood Pressure
According to the HSE, the ideal blood pressure for a young, healthy adult is 120/80 or less.
High Blood Pressure
Lastly, if you have a reading of 140/90, or more, you have high blood pressure.
Symptoms of high blood pressure include:
- a persistent headache
- blurred or double vision
- shortness of breath
You don’t need an appointment for our blood pressure test, so please call into us to get your test today.