Checking your blood pressure

A blood pressure test checks if your blood pressure is healthy, or if it's high or low.

All adults over 40 years old are advised to have their blood pressure checked at least every 5 years.

Getting your blood pressure checked is easy, quick and could save your life.

You can get your blood pressure tested at a number of places, including:

  • at your GP surgery
  • at some pharmacies
  • as part of your NHS Health Check
  • in some workplaces

If you’re a healthy adult aged 40 to 74, and live in England or Wales, you’ll be invited to a free NHS Health Check every 5 years, which will include a blood pressure check.

You can also check your blood pressure yourself with a home blood pressure monitor, and these are available for free in libraries across Somerset. Find out more.

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How to measure your blood pressure at home