Blood Pressure Checks

What is blood pressure?

  • Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it's pumped around your body.

What is a blood pressure test?

  • A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high or too low.

How often should I get my blood pressure tested?

  • It's recommended that all adults over 40 years of age have their blood pressure tested at least every 5 years so any potential problems can be detected early.

What should I expect during my blood pressure check?

During the test:

  • You hold out one of your arms so it's at the same level as your heart, and the cuff is placed around it – your arm should be supported in this position, such as with a cushion or arm of a chair
  • The cuff is pumped up to restrict the blood flow in your arm – this squeezing may feel a bit uncomfortable, but only lasts a few seconds
  • The pressure in the cuff is slowly released while a stethoscope is used to listen to your pulse (digital devices use sensors to detect vibrations in your arteries)
  • The pressure in the cuff is recorded at 2 points as the blood flow starts to return to your arm – these measurements are used to give your blood pressure reading 

You can usually find out your result straight away, either from our trained staff member carrying out the test or on the digital display.

Where can I avail of this service?

  • McKeevers Chemists offer this service in selected branches. Please contact your local branch for more information.
  • We also sell BP monitors in-store and online. Our pharmacy teams will be more than happy to show you how to use these to take your own measurements at home.