How it works
The pharmacist will begin the service by asking you a few questions about your family history and lifestyle habits
Your systolic and diastolic blood pressure will be measured, together with your heart rate, using a monitoring device
Your results will be documented, and your pharmacist will offer lifestyle advice or refer you back to your doctor according to your results
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a well-established risk factor for heart disease such as heart attacks and stroke, which account for the highest cause of mortality worldwide. As the disease is often asymptomatic, approximately 1/3 of people do not know that they have high blood pressure. For this reason regular monitoring (especially in adults that are 50 years or older) is essential to help prevent worsening of the condition and the development of associated health complications.
Signs & Symptoms
Although many patients who have hypertension will not have any symptoms, there may be certain signs to look out for:
- Blood in the urine
- Blood spots in the eyes
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or confusion
- Facial flushing
- Severe headaches
- Vision problems
How to prepare
Before your consultation
At least 30 minutes before your consultation:
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t drink caffeine
- Don’t smoke
how we test
Your blood pressure
One of our pharmacists will perform the service. He or she will check your blood pressure using a blood pressure monitor.
Depending on your result, we may ask you to come back for further assessment and may offer you lifestyle advice on ways of reducing your overall cardiovascular risk. Alternatively, your pharmacist may also refer you back to your doctor for further medical investigation.
The consultation will only take 5 minutes, but your pharmacist will take as long as necessary to answer any questions that you may have.
Yes. A payment of €2 for the service will be taken in the pharmacy at the time of your test.
No, you don’t. Your pharmacist may ask you to come at a certain time when the pharmacy is less busy to provide you the best service possible, or alternatively, you may want to request a particular time for peace of mind.
Yes. If you suffer from hypertension, you may want to consider purchasing a home blood pressure monitor for more frequent monitoring. When choosing a home blood pressure monitor there are certain factors that one should consider:
- Cuff size – Have a properly fitting cuff on your arm is crucial for accurate blood pressure measurements.
- Display – The display showing your blood pressure measurement should be clear and easy to read.
- Cost – The prices of blood pressure monitors vary according to the brand.
Our pharmacies are well-stocked with a variety of blood pressure monitoring devices to suit your needs. Make sure to log your blood pressure measurements in a record file that is easily accessible so that you can show it to your doctor whenever you have a check-up. Speak to one of our pharmacists for any further queries regarding blood pressure monitoring and health records.