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    How a simple blood pressure test could save your life

    blood pressure check near me

    Posted on April 26th, 2021

    If you’ve been searching the internet for a ‘blood pressure check near me’, then you’ve come to the right place. It takes just a few minutes, it’s completely painless, and it could save your life. 

    To mark World Hypertension Day on 17th May, we’re talking about the blood pressure test, available at YourGP. Here, our Practise Nurse discusses the ins and outs of hypertension, and urges everyone to take the test which could potentially save you from the silent killer.

    Getting to the heart of the problem

    A blood pressure test quite simply measures the pressure inside your arteries as your heart pumps blood. Of course, your blood pressure changes continually depending on a whole range of things such as how active you are, your diet, temperature, emotional state, or current medication, for example.

    However, when resting, we would expect to see your blood pressure sit within a certain range. Figures outwith this range can be an indication of a health issue.

    Putting it to the test

    A blood pressure test takes just minutes to complete. First, you’ll be asked a few questions about your medical history, general health, and lifestyle. Rest assured, we’ll ensure you’re fully comfortable and relaxed before commencing the test. 

    Second, we’ll ask you to rest one arm on a table, and we’ll place a fabric cuff around your upper arm. We’ll then inflate the cuff using a small hand-held pump, and as the cuff deflates, a machine will read your blood pressure and display the numbers on a screen.

    The whole process takes just a minute and the results will be provided immediately. You’ll be given plenty of time to ask questions and, depending on your results, you’ll be carefully guided through the next steps, should any further action be required.

    Figuratively speaking

    A healthy blood pressure reading should be around 120/80mmHg. Anything significantly above or below that level will need to be investigated. For instance, a figure of 140/90 or higher would suggest high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. On the other hand, a figure of 90/60 or lower would suggest low blood pressure, also known as hypotension.

    Rising tension

    There are a plethora of reasons why many people are starting to search for a ‘blood pressure check near me’ all over the internet. High blood pressure is thought to affect around 1 in 3 adults in the UK, leaving them more at risk of heart problems, strokes, kidney disease, and damage to other vital organs.

    Certain groups are classed as being more at risk than others. They include those who:

    • Are age 60+
    • Have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease
    • Are overweight
    • Don’t exercise regularly
    • Are of Asian or African-Caribbean descent
    • Have a diet high in salt
    • Have a diet low in fruit and vegetables
    • Drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol a day for women, or 3-4 units for men

    However, it must be emphasised that all adults are at risk of high blood pressure and it is therefore vitally important that we all take steps to reduce our risk where possible.

    Time to take the test

    Many sufferers of high blood pressure don’t experience any symptoms, hence the reason hypertension is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’. Therefore, a blood pressure test is the only way to detect the problem.

    Now that you know YourGP is the perfect clinic for a ‘blood pressure check near me’, we recommend those classed as high-risk have a blood pressure test every year. For everyone else aged over 40, we recommend you have a blood pressure test every 5 years.

    For further details on blood pressure tests at YourGP, CLICK HERE. Alternatively, email our reception team at or call us on 0131 225 5656 to book an appointment. You can find out more about the rest of our services here.

    I had been at this practice since late 2018. The staff have been nothing but amazing! The care given here has to be the best care I’ve ever received at any practice. Very polite, greeted with a smile and always made sure you were comfortable.

    The response times are extremely quick, always on that day or early next morning, pointing you into the right direction. Even if they were unable to assist, they would always make sure you knew where to go and what to do.

    Your appointments are always accommodated to your needs, some imes I was unable to make my routine appointments in person so they would happily offer a Skype call which made things easier as I live a few hours away, but was always happy to make the trip when I could as it was always a pleasant experience.

    I cannot thank this practice enough for the help that they gave me, I now feel confident and comfortable with myself and I would definitely recommend their services!

    Elijah K

    YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 |

    YourGP is registered with the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Registered Office: Station Road, North Street, Havant PO9 1QU.