High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Around a third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many will not realise it.
The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
With the current pandemic and changes to our working practice we now recommend home monitoring to avoid face to face contact with clinical staff. Blood pressure is difficult to take without breaking social distancing and the equipment is difficult to sterilise.
The Hypertension society have an extensive list of independently validated machines.
We currently use Omron M2 machines which we have found to be inexpensive and reliable. They retail between £20 and £30 and can be found online or on the high street at Argos and Boots.