Croí Third Age Mayo Focus on Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

The Croí Third Age Mayo project, which aims to promote healthy cardiovascular ageing, is delighted to partner with local pharmacies across Mayo for the month of September to offer free blood pressure checks to people over 55 years of age who have not had their blood pressure checked in the past year.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Members of the public found to have high blood pressure will be offered advice and information, as well as the opportunity to take part in a free blood pressure management programme, delivered by the Croí multi-disciplinary health team.

“If you’re over the age of 55, you should have your blood pressure checked once a year. A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high. If you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it and reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke,” says Dr. Lisa Hynes, Croí Head of Health Programmes.

People over 55 years of age interested in a free blood pressure check can simply contact one of the participating pharmacies.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high. The target for most people is to have a blood pressure below 140/90mmHg (or 130/80mmHg if you have diabetes). A consistent blood pressure reading of 140/90mmHg or higher is considered high blood pressure and requires medical attention. Learn more.

Many people also like to monitor their blood pressure themselves using a home blood pressure monitor. The British & Irish Hypertension Society publishes the only independent, validated blood pressure monitors for home use, not governed by commercial interest. For a full list of validated blood pressure monitors, click here, or here is Croí’s short-list of recommended blood pressure monitors:

  • A&D UA-705: Upper Arm
  • A&D UA-704: Upper Arm
  • Omron M2 Compact (HEM-7102-E): Upper Arm
  • Omron M2 Basic (HEM-7116-E) (Derivative of M3-I (HEM-7051-E)): Upper Arm
  • Omron M7 (HEM-780-E): Upper Arm

Own it: Be proactive and take responsibility for your health and well-being

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Everyone can benefit from taking measures to lower blood pressure. Even if you have a healthy blood pressure you can still take steps to ensure it remains healthy.

Check it: Know your risk factors and engage with your healthcare professional

  • A consistent blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high blood pressure.
  • Focus on the risk factors you can change, because there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk and prevent disease. More than 80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented with lifestyle changes
  • If you are over 55 years of age, you should have your blood pressure checked once a year.

Sort it: Take control with appropriate action to keep you healthy for longer

  • Ireland has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure internationally, but among the lowest levels of diagnosis, treatment and control of the condition.
  • High blood pressure can be easily detected. A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high.
    • Action on getting BP checked: If you are visiting your GP or Pharmacy, ask for your BP to be checked.
    • Dust down your at-home monitor. Watch Croí’s video below on how to monitor your blood pressure at home.
    • Purchasing a new monitor? Check our list below of recommended home blood pressure monitors.
  • Once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it. You can take effective steps to lower your blood pressure with changes to your lifestyle and by taking medication.

Achill – Molloy’s

Balla – Life Pharmacy,

Ballaghaderreen – Molloy’s,

Ballina – Molloy’s Garden St., Molloy’s Bunree Rd., McKane’s, Kilroy’s,

Ballinrobe – Hynes,

Ballyhaunis – Curley’s,

Bangor Erris – Lavelle’s,

Belmullet – Lavelle’s, McCormack’s,

Castlebar – Treacy’s, MacAuliffe’s, O’Donnell’s,

Charlestown – Colleran’s,

Claremorris – Davey’s,

Crossmolina – Molloy’s, Quinn’s,

Foxford – Heneghans,

Kilkelly – Life Pharmacy,

Killala – Lavelle’s,

Kiltimagh – Heneghans,

Knock – Life Pharmacy,

Louisburgh – Staunton’s,

Swinford – O’Connell’s,

Westport – Treacy’s, McVann’s, O’Donnell’s, O’Connell’s, Lally’s.

Click to download our blood pressure leaflet

How to monitor your blood pressure at home