Worryingly, high blood pressure rarely shows any symptoms, which explains why around a third of people with the condition are unaware. Amongst other things, high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, kidney disease and heart failure. It’s also the main risk factor for stroke. In fact, if you have high blood pressure you are 3 times more likely to suffer heart disease and stroke. If it’s detected early enough though, high blood pressure can often be managed with lifestyle changes and regular monitoring. In some cases, your GP might prescribe medication such as ACE inhibitors or calcium channel blockers. Although it can sometimes signal an underlying problem, low blood pressure, or hypotension, is less common and generally less concerning unless it’s accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, dizziness or fainting.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.