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Getting Diagnosed


There is only one way to know if you have high blood pressure, and that’s to have a blood pressure check. 

A blood pressure check is quick and painless, and could save your life.


Here you can find out who should have a check, where you can get one for free, what it involves, and what happens next if your blood pressure is high.


Who should have a blood pressure check?
High blood pressure (hypertension) doesn’t have any symptoms so all adults should have a check. Find out more and how often you should have one.

Where can you get a blood pressure check?
There are lots of places where you can get a blood pressure check for free, including your GP surgery and some pharmacies and leisure centres. 


Getting a blood pressure check
A blood pressure check is very quick and simple, find out what’s involved, and what happens once you know your numbers.  


Just been diagnosed?
If you’ve just been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you probably have some questions about what it means and what you can do about it. This page will get you started. 


Getting information and support 
There’s lots of information and support available to help you take control of your health. Find resources that can help you.   


Practical matters
High blood pressure doesn’t need to take over your life. Read more about how to get around any practical problems with work, travel and your social life. 


Real stories
Read the stories of people who have first-hand experience of living with high blood pressure and how they’re living life to the full. 


A-Z of high blood pressure 
You might have come across a lot of new words related to blood pressure, find out what they mean.




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