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Blood Pressure

What causes high blood pressure?

If you have a history of high blood pressure or are concerned about your blood pressure, regular blood pressure checks are recommended.

Hypertension is associated with being overweight, smoking, stress, low vitamin D level, low potassium levels and other lifestyle factors.

The primary result of long-term hypertension is strain on your cardiovascular system including your heart which will increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sometimes, the doctor will also recommend a full blood profile test to check your cholesterol, kidney and liver function. Management can include lifestyle changes and medication.

Subsequent regular testing can be provided at a reduced fee after discussion with the clinic manager.


Preparing for test

There is no specific preparation for this test.

During the test

Blood pressure readings are taken using an arm cuff attached to a pump and dial (a sphygmomanometer). You will sit upright for the reading, with your legs uncrossed and your back supported. The cuff goes around your upper arm, which will require you to roll up your sleeve or remove thick clothing. The cuff is inflated with air until it restricts blood flow in your arm for a few seconds, and then slowly released. During the process, the doctor listens to your pulse with a stethoscope and records your blood pressure.


You will receive the information on your blood pressure during the consultation.


Do you offer ambulatory blood pressure testing?

Yes, a 24 hour blood pressure monitoring service is available at our Harley Street branch and the doctor might refer you if you feel that your blood pressure tends to fluctuate dramatically throughout the day.

What is “white coat syndrome”?

“White coat syndrome” is a term for what happens where you blood pressure tends to be much higher when taken by a doctor than when taken at home. If this happens to you, you may be recommended to try ambulatory blood pressure checks to get the most accurate results.

What is a “normal” blood pressure reading?

It is generally considered that a blood pressure is a systolic pressure (the first number in your reading) of less than 120, and a diastolic pressure (the second number) of less than 80.


Harley Street Consultation


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