Having good blood pressure control is really important for our overall health.
If you have high blood pressure it is important we help you keep it under control.
If you are concerned at all about your Blood pressure contact our Practice Nursing team to arrange a check.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes.
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.
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The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
The easiest way to monitor your Blood pressure is to obtain a blood pressure monitor (for the arm, not the wrist) and check your blood pressure at home.
Measuring your blood pressure at home Click on the links below:
BP measuring at home
Leith Mount Surgery Home BP Diary (this contains the link to send back your results to the practice via eConsult)
If you already have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, our Practice Blood Pressure Team will invite you to attend for a blood test at the Surgery and ask you to complete a week of home blood pressure monitoring using either your own machine or one borrowed from the Practice and then return the results to the Blood Pressure Team at Leith Mount Surgery. Our Practice Nurses will review these results then arrange a telephone appointment with you.
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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
Essential diabetic information for people living in Edinburgh: Information and Support
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cell s that produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2
During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.
It is important to check your blood pressure, feet, and eyes regularly if you have diabetes as all these areas can be affected. You will be offered regular blood tests at Leith Mount Surgery according to your diabetic level . Our Practice nurses will also arrange to have a telephone appointment with you to discuss your diabetes and especially the areas below.
Blood pressure- It is very important to have good blood pressure if you have diabetes as this will help protect your kidneys and heart. You will be contacted by the Practice team to organize a blood pressure check. You can do this at home by following the instructions below or if you feel unable to do this please contact our Reception who will arrange for you to have your Blood pressure checked in the Surgery. Click on the links below:
BP measuring at home Leith Mount Surgery Home Blood Pressure Diary
Eyes – Please make sure you make an annual appointment with your Optician to have your eyes tested. You may also be sent a hospital appointment for a special eye check. It is really important you attend for this.
Feet- Diabetes can affect the nerve function in your feet. By checking your feet regularly you can be aware of any changes and then alert the Practice nurse to this. The Nurse can then make an appointment to see you and if needed, refer you to a special diabetic foot clinic. Click on the link here: How to check your feet at home
Diabetes - Diabetes Video By kind permission of Dr Churn at Harbours Medical Practice
Many of you are continuing to manage your long term conditions during this Covid 19 pandemic. Doctor Churn at The Harbours Medical Practice has developed a series of videos to help you. They may give you some new tips to try and optimize the control of your condition.
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