Blood Pressure checks - written by Arwen Taylor 8MB

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On September 14 teachers were called to gather in the old inclusion room to have their blood pressure taken.

However, it wasn’t just the teachers who were taking their blood pressures. I decided that because the NHS workers had come to the school to take blood pressures they shouldn’t take just a few teachers. So I had my blood pressure taken and roped a few friends into doing it too.

My blood pressure was normal as was the blood pressure of both of my friends.

The order of the process is: First of all, the strap is loosely placed around arm (you would have to roll your sleeves up for the reading to be as accurate as possible); next, the strap will increase its pressure and tighten around your arm, then, it will slowly release and at a certain point, I’m sure when, releases completely. After that your pressure would be read on a monitor under constant watch by the worker.

 A few quotes from the event: ‘When was tight it felt nice but weird’, ‘After feeling tight for quite a while it feels like it just drops’, ‘At one point it felt like I lost feeling in my arm but I liked it’ , ‘It was like pins and needles.’

Having a good, normal blood pressure depends on your age but ‘between 120 and 90 is ideal’ to quote the NHS website. The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during the contraction of your heart muscle. However, the bottom number is practically the same but they are between the beats instead of during them.