If your blood pressure reading is consistently above 140/90 (on more than three occasions while you are at rest), then please approach your pharmacist of GP for advice.


You can take some steps to reduce your blood pressure but if the reading exceeds 150/90 you absolutely must contact your GP.  High Blood Pressure accelerates damage to the arteries and the formation of plaque on the artery walls, leading to higher risk of heart disease and stroke.


High blood pressure often has no symptoms until organ damage occurs.  For this reason, it is a good idea to have your blood pressure monitored regularly by a health professional (every 6 months).


You can get your blood pressure checked at any Burkes Pharmacy Store.


Signs of sudden, severe high blood pressure may include headaches, sweating, rapid pulse, and shortness of breath, dizziness, sleeplessness and visual disturbances.


What can I do to get my blood pressure slightly lower?

For every quarter stone you are overweight, the systolic (or higher) reading goes up by 1-3 mmHg.  Really it means that your heart has to work harder because there is more body for it to pump the blood to.


If you have not exercised in a while you should discuss a plan with a health professional before starting.


Reduce the amount of caffeine you are consuming.  This is especially important for those on more than two cups of coffee, tea or cola per day.  Use decaffeinated coffee and decaffeinated tea or a caffeine free cola.  An easy way to do this is switching to herbal teas or water.