Free blood pressure checks for over 40's

Over 40s will be able to get their blood pressure checked for free at local pharmacies from October.  This is a new scheme from the NHS to try and reach those who have undiagnosed high blood pressure or hypertension. Hypertension is known as a silent killer as it can often not have any symptoms. Part of the NHS Long Term Plan is to tackle conditions such as cardiovascular disease which is one of the most common causes of death in this country.

It is estimated that 4.8 million people in England have high blood pressure without realising it. It is predicted that if  2.5 million people have a test then around 250,000 extra people could get treatment that could save their lives. High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. NHS England hopes that 3,700 strokes and 2,500 heart attacks will be prevented and 250 lives will be saved over 5 years as a result of offering these free checks.  

If you are worried about your health then you are being urged to have a test, especially if you have a family history of this condition.

John Maingay from British Heart Foundation said:

Having your blood pressure checked by your local pharmacist is a simple and quick test that will only take about five minutes to complete. Knowing your blood pressure levels will also mean you can discuss the risks with a healthcare professional, who will signpost you to the most effective source of treatment and onward management of your condition. Prevention is always better than cure, so it’s important that you know your numbers and check your blood pressure.’