High blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it’s important to check regularly.
At Reens we offer a FREE blood pressure measurement service and stroke risk detection using Microlife Monitors.
The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack or stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and poor circulation in your legs.
We also fit and hire out 24 hour blood pressure monitors for €40 per day that come with a printed report on return for your GP.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it’s important to check regularly. At Reens we offer a FREE blood pressure measurement service and stroke risk detection using Microlife Monitors. We also fit and hire out 24 hour blood pressure monitors for €40 per day that come with a printed report on return for your GP.
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8 WAYS YOUR REENS LIFE PHARMACIST CAN HELP IF YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
1 – FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS
Firstly, our Life pharmacists are on hand daily to check your blood pressure and inform you about your personal wellbeing. Having your blood pressure checked regularly and identifying anything of concern is the first step in treating high blood pressure. Book an appointment now.
2 – 24 HOUR BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS
4 – SUPPLEMENTAL & MEDICATIONS ADVICE
Taking supplements and medication has been proven as the most effective way to treat high blood pressure. We can provide you with a medicines review to help you take the right doses at the right time and inform you on any possible side effects.
5 – NUTRITIONAL
Your Reens Life Pharmacist can provide you with free advice on how changes in diet and exercise can reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
7 – GP
Our pharmacists can refer you to a local doctor in Millstreet for further examination if you are at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure could be the first sign of an unhealthy heart.
8 – REPEAT
FACTS AND FIGURES
It’s important to know your blood pressure numbers.
Here we explain the different levels and what they mean for your health.
You especially need to monitor your BP if you are in the high risk group list below.
Hypotension is the medical term used to describe low blood pressure.
For the most part, low blood pressure in healthy individuals is not concerning.
This is not true for elderly people as hypotension could signify inadequate blood flow to vital organs.
A sudden drop in blood pressure in people of all ages could also be dangerous, as the body may not recover from initial shock.
Low blood pressures average 90/60.
Blood pressure is presented as a two number pressure with;
Pressure of blood when your heart pushes blood out over
Pressure of blood when your heart rests between beats.
The pressure units involved in this reading are millimetres of mercury or mmHg.
A normal blood pressure reading averages 120/80.
Hypertension is the medical term used to describe high blood pressure.
It affects about 40% of people in Ireland.
If left untreated, hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke vascular disease and kidney failure.
According to the Irish Heart Foundation, 10,000 people a year die from cardiovascular disease in Ireland, which is induced by high blood pressure.
High blood pressure measurements average 140/90 over more than one reading.
HIGH RISK GROUP
You may be at risk if:
- You are over the age of 40
- You are overweight (a BMI of 25 or higher)
- You have a family history of high blood pressure
- You have a diet high in salt and/or low in fresh fruit and vegetables
- You have a high alcohol intake
- You are a smoker
- You do not take 30 minutes of physical activity daily
HIRE REENS 24 HOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR
A 24 hour blood pressure (BP) monitor is worn for a full day.
It is necessary when your doctor wants to get a report on your BP over an extended period.
At Reens we fit you with such a monitor and provide a report for your GP when you return it.
HOW DOES REENS 24 HOURS SERVICE WORK?
A lightweight monitor is then fitted to your waist in our private Consultation Room. The monitor is connected to a cuff on your arm for 24 hours
A reading is taken at regular intervals (20 – 60 minutes apart) throughout the day. We can set the longer intervals for during the night when you are asleep.
You return to Reens Pharmacy after 24 hours and a pharmacist will remove the device and download the results in seconds, giving you a report with your results
The results are explained to you, with a graph clearly showing how your blood pressure changed throughout the day
The report generated allows your doctor to review your results as they were recorded throughout the day
WHY IS THE 24 HOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
MONITOR SERVICE SO IMPORTANT?
- Night Time
- White Coat Hypertension
- Masked Hypertension
Only a 24-hour blood pressure reading can evaluate Night Time Blood Pressure. Those with raised night-time blood pressure are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
The 24 hour blood pressure reading can identify people with White Coat Hypertension, this happens when BP shows a temporary rise in a doctor’s surgery (if you are nervous). These people may be misdiagnosed and put on a lifetime of unnecessary treatment.
The 24 hour blood pressure monitoring can identify people with Masked Hypertension. This is the reverse Of White-Coat hypertension, in that patients have normal blood pressure in a doctor’s Surgery but Over a 24 hour period it is elevated.
HSE BLOOD PRESSURE WEBSITE
Click the image below to visit the excellent HSE website blood pressure page.
It clearly explains high blood pressure, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention.
At Reens we have a range of free and paid services, tailored to improving your health.
Touch any image below for a brief summary, then click it’s button to open.
We have an appointment booking form on each service page.
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