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Blood pressure test

Blood pressure is usually measured while you are seated with your arm resting on a table.

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What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure inside your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. Blood pressure changes continually depending on activity, temperature, diet, emotional state, posture, physical state, and medication use, however when resting a healthy person's blood pressure usually falls within a certain range. High or low blood pressure can both be dangerous, and can be caused by a variety of conditions from infections to coronary heart disease.

What happens during a blood pressure test?

Blood pressure is usually measured while you are seated with your arm resting on a table. A soft cuff is inflated around your arm as the nurse, doctor, or electronic sensor listens to your pulse.

If you are having a heart health assessment your blood pressure will be taken during your assessment or you may be given a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. This records the changes in your blood pressure by measuring it at intervals over a period of time.

Specialists offering Blood pressure test

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Dr Scot Garg

Consultant Cardiologist

MBChB, MRCP, FRCP, PhD (Hons), FESC

The Alexandra Hospital 1 more The Beardwood Hospital

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Dr Richard Andrews

Consultant Cardiologist

MB BS, DM, FRCP

The Lincoln Hospital 1 more The Park Hospital

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Dr Sushen Bhattacharyya

Consultant Physician & Geriatrician

MBBS (Gold Medal), DTM&H (Gold Medal), FRCP

The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Ravi Kamdar

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons), MRCP (UK), CCDS

Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Dr Aamir Ayub

Consultant Cardiologist

MBBS, Dip card (London), MD, FESC, FRCP (Lon)

The Alexandra Hospital

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