Get it checked

Hi All,

Just wanted to warn everyone on here, in case they didn't realise (which I certainly didn't) that unless you ASK for a blood pressure check your GP is unlikely to do one.

My warning comes due to my brother, aged 57, dying suddenly on Saturday from a massive heart attack which was caused by high blood pressure and when we delved a little deeper, even though he had made regular visits to his GP for other reasons, never once did his GP perform the simple task of taking his blood pressure. It has made me angry and very sad that due to a 2 minute check not being done my 82 year old mother is now having to bury one of her children.

So next time you go to the GP's for blood tests or thyroid issues please ASK for this simple test to be done.

Moggie x

22 Replies

  • Sorry for your loss

    Just to add that BP can quite often be checked at most phamicies and chemists, if anyone doesnt have time for the doctors.

    (Though I've always found that GP's tend to check mine, so was unaware its not usual to do so)

  • I have been to my own GP's on numerous occasions in the last few months alone, one of those reasons was for heart palps, and looking back she never once did a BP check on me.

    I have mentioned the lack of BP testing to a few people over the last few days and have been amazed at the recurring answer of "they dont do one unless you ask"

    Moggie x

  • I'm so sorry Moggie,

  • Moggie,

    I'm so, so sorry to hear about your brother, and how dreadful for your Mum too.

    I know how you feel. My husband died suddenly and needlessly at 57 too. It is WAY too young.

    Thank you for the warning about BP checks.

    I'm thinking of you and your family. Jane x x

  • Thank you for your kind words.

    Moggie x

  • I am so sad to hear this, Moggie.Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. jan xxx

  • So sorry to hear about your loss Moggie. My thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless xxx

  • Thank you for thinking of others even now.

    Thinking of you and your mother.


  • My condolences to you and your family on the death of your brother. You wonder why basic checks weren't done.

  • My sympathies to you and your family. Janet.

  • My heartfelt condolences are sent to you very sad.

    Reflecting on the past 2 years, i think a GP has checked my BP once....and i suggested that one!

    Ive been monitoring my own though

    Hug sent x x

  • That is so very sad Moggie. Thinking of you and your family


  • So sorry to hear this news Moggie - hugs to you and your family.

    My GP doesn't usually check my BP, but there is a monitor in the waiting room that patients can use - I will make sure I take advantage of this in future. Thank you. xxx ((()))

  • I'm so sorry Moggie. Thinking of you, mum and family xx

    Thank you for the warning, we must make sure we ask in future.

    ((hugs)) Jane xx

  • So sorry for your loss Moggie.

    Thinking of you and your family xx

  • Thinking of you Moggie at this sad time. Thanks for thinking of us all........... x

  • Very true! I was nearly put on meds because of my BP being high at the doctors or at hospital. Bought myself a really decent machine took it to docs when I next had test, nurse used mine after hers...same result...still high but this was good as I knew that once I got out of the surgery the BP was always very good 120/80 ish and because I had it tested in surgery could prove it was correct. Doctors are very good at not believing you!

    Sad to have to fight your own corner because of "god doctors" but that's just the way it is. How many hundreds of folk are on meds they don't need I wonder?

  • I can fight my own corner but feel so sorry for those who can't

  • I am so sorry this has happened. I must tell you that a GP who does not take a patient's BP as a matter of course when seeing the patient (fitting a certain catagory such as age, weight etc)is NEGLIGENT, It's called Preventative Medicine! More peculiarly, they get paid to take BP's regularly, such as once yearly/eighteen months on asymptomatic patients and at least twice yearly on patients of a certain age/catagory and more often if a patient is on BP medication (or the nurse does it ). I think, if you can bear it, it would be helpful for yourself, relatives and other patients to find out why this was not done.

  • So sorry for your loss x

  • Thank you all so very much for your kind words at this sad time. It is very comforting for me to know that people on this site care, not only with thyroid issues but on a personal note as well.

    Your kindness and words of sympathy mean so much to me as I come to terms with my loss.

    Moggie x

  • Owww moggie, soooo sorry to hear that hunny, thats not good at all, your poor mum, bless her, my heart aches for the family.

    big huggs xxxx

    glad you have told us,

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