Blood Pressure Testing

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Blood Pressure Testing - Imaan Pharmacy, Harehills

What is blood pressure?

 

Your blood pressure varies throughout the day, due to your circadian rhythm (the body’s daily hormonal cycle), your activity levels, what you’ve eaten, stress, tiredness, hydration etc. Your body chooses when and where to increase pressure in your arteries as required. Blood pressure testing is a normal part of any check-up, measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). It is a simple and effective way of monitoring the pressure with which your blood is being pumped through your arteries. It’s recommended that all adults over 40 years of age have their blood pressure tested at least every 5 years, so any potential problems can be detected early.

 

What are the types of blood pressure?

 

Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure (140/90mm Hg or higher) puts more strain on your arteries as they lose their elasticity and they become hard and narrow. This narrowing makes atheroma (fatty cholesterol) easier to build up which can lead to risks of heart attacks and strokes. It can also be the cause of smaller blood vessels in different parts of the body. High blood pressure can also cause damage to vital organs as the high pressure impacts on soft tissue.

 

Hypotension, or low blood pressure (90/60mm Hg or lower), is less severe than high blood pressure with very little symptoms, but it can still put your body at risk of dizziness, sickness, weakness and fainting.

 

What can I do to lower my blood pressure?

 

If your blood pressure reading is between 120/80mm Hg and 140/90mm Hg then you may be at risk of developing high blood pressure. If this is detected, you will be asked to monitor your blood pressure regularly and you may be asked to have blood tests to determine if there is any damage to your kidneys or liver.

 

To help lower your blood pressure:

  • Decrease levels of salt consumption, increase intake of fruit, vegetables, fish and white meat.
  • Exercise well and regularly; you are recommended to do upwards of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
  • Cut down or attempt to stop smoking as smoking narrows the arteries restricting blood flow.
  • Reduce or stop alcohol entirely as this also has an effect on blood flow.

If you’re due a blood pressure check-up, please drop in to Imaan Pharmacy, Harehills today or give us a call.

Chris Dundon
Chris Dundon
Lovely efficient and friendly staff.live away from Leeds and had a booster there thanks
Kathryn Collins
Kathryn Collins
My Husband went to this Pharmacy for his Covid Booster, it only took 5 minutes and he was finished.
Dinah Kapouas
Dinah Kapouas
I would like to thank all staff at Imaan Pharmacy for their excellent service when my husband and I went for our covid boosters today. Warm, efficient welcome; comfortable, seated wait (we were a bit early); considerate and efficient administration of vaccine for us both. Well done - I wish you were nearer to our home!
anna spndk
anna spndk
Very helpful
Efosa Ogunbor
Efosa Ogunbor
I came in as a first year pharmacy student, looking for work experience, however, having had a few hours of previous experience, at a different pharmacy, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy my time at Imaan pharmacy, Leeds, but as soon as the first day started, I felt positive energy from all the staff (the type of energy I would not have expected from a pharmacy). I’d highly recommend, pharmacy students, looking for experience to get experience here, as it’s not too busy so you won’t feel pressured when completing tasks. Both pharmacists that work here, are helpful and give great advice on career paths as a pharmacist, prereg and what to expect in the up coming years at university. The dispenser that I shadowed, was great at her job and gave me many opportunities to help around the pharmacy and gain experience in many areas of pharmacy. The counter assistant is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and will always ask you if you want a cup of tea. I’m grateful for the experience they gave but also for how patient they were with me, even when I made mistakes.
Tahir Mehmood
Tahir Mehmood
I always get my prescriptions and other medicinal products from here. Staff is so friendly and cooperative. Highly recommended.
Mazmo m
Mazmo m
Amazing team and a true credit to the community. Always had a really positive experience at the pharmacy
Noonyk2
Noonyk2
I've used this chemist for along time now& wouldn't go anywhere else . The staff all provide a top class professional service . I've had a couple of problems over last year or so and the manager/staff have always been very supportive. I highly recommend this pharmacy . 10/10
Drew Abbott
Drew Abbott
Great service and friendly helpful staff