Undiagnosed High Blood Pressure – The Silent Killer

According to new estimates produced by The British Heart Foundation, four million people under the age of 65 in the UK are living with untreated high blood pressure with further analysis finding that 1.3 million of these people are under the age of 45. 

As well as significantly raising the risk of heart attack and stroke, it can also be the cause of an increased risk of vascular dementia, raised cholesterol and diabetes.

Getting your blood pressure under control is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Checking your own blood pressure with an A&D Medical clinically validated BP monitor is an easy and inexpensive way to understand if you are one of the millions of people across the UK living with undiagnosed high blood pressure and giving you the information needed to get the correct treatment and advice.

Taking a blood pressure reading takes less than 5 minutes and can be done in the comfort of your own home not just in a doctor’s surgery or pharmacy.   

Many people assume that high blood pressure is generally associated with older, overweight or unfit people. Though these conditions can lead to a high risk of heart attack and stroke, many people with an active lifestyle can also fall victim to this silent killer.

A considerable number of young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 unknowingly have risky high blood pressure too.

Stessful workplace environments are a major cause of high blood pressure with busy people all too easily putting the issue to the back of their minds.

Ordering an A&D Medical clinically validated BP monitor and getting your blood pressure under control is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

With waiting lists at an all time high and the NHS under more pressure than ever before, acting now could give you the greatest opportunity to receive the life-saving treatmment you may need.

PMS Instruments stock a vast range of blood pressure monitors with different cuffs sizes to suit every individual.

So don’t become a statistic, order yours today and give yourself the best chance of taking the necessary steps to avoid long-term harm.

Monitoring Your BP At Home

Monitoring your blood pressure at home and can be a way to feel more in control of your own health and wellbeing. Your GP may even have recommended you take your own BP measurements at home so that you know your numbers.

But which home BP monitor to buy? There are so many now on the market, available from anywhere from your local supermarket to large online retailers. The options can seem over whelming. It needn’t be.

When choosing a BP monitor we would recommend you check for 3 things 

  1. Has it been clinically validated? This means it has been tested and approved by the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) and will it provide arcuate and reliable readings.
  2. Is it fully automatic as these are the easiest monitors to use at home.
  3. The cuff fits your arm. Cuffs come in a range of sizes but most monitors are supplied with a standard adult cuff which will fit an arm measuring 22-32cm. The cuff should wrap snugly around your upper arm, with just enough space to slide two fingertips underneath.

You can purchase an additional cuff which will fit your arm if your arm is either smaller or larger than a standard cuff size.

Or look for a monitor with a wider range cuff such as the A&D Medical UA 767S-W which is supplied with a wide ranging cuff which will fit an arm measuring 22-42 cm. For more of the monitors features Click here

The A&D Medical UA 767S + AFib is a popular choice for its proven record of reliability and wide use across the UK with GP surgeries and within the NHS. It also comes with a 5 year warranty. For more of the monitors features Click here 

PMS Instruments can supply you with a BP monitor to suit you, your needs and your budget.

The missing 5.5 million with undiagnosed high BP.

A new resource – Blood Pressure – How Can We Do Better? – has just been launched and can be accessed at the British Heart Foundation website.

It has been developed by stakeholders including GPs, nurses and pharmacists working with organizations including NHS England, Public Health England, the British Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

It is well known that high blood pressure affects one in four adults in England and is one of the leading causes of premature death in England. At least half of all heart attacks and strokes are associated with high blood pressure.

Treatment thankfully is very effective – for every 10mmHg reduction in blood pressure, the risk of a life changing heart attack or stroke is reduced by 20%.

What’s the challenge?

Finding undiagnosed hypertensives, around 25000 in the average CCG or 5.5 million in England, unaware of their increased risk and not receiving treatment is the challenge. It’s also worth remembering that of those diagnosed with high BP, one in three, are not treated to target.

GP Practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) need to do things differently to improve detection and increase opportunistic screening.

What practical steps should GP Practices take?

Think BP! Whether in routine consultations, or in nurse led clinics, like COPD, asthma and diabetes. Encourage opportunistic screening and ensure identification of poor BP control is the responsibility of all clinicians.

Think BP! In accordance with NICE CG127 guideline on Hypertension always offer ambulatory 24 hour blood pressure monitoring or when appropriate home blood pressure monitoring to confirm a diagnosis of high BP. Ensure BP equipment is serviced and calibrated regularly by reputable third parties with experience of the devices you use.

Think BP! Use clinically validated waiting room self-test BP monitors like the A&D Medical TM-2657P to make it easier to collect BP data, save appointment time and empower patients to actively use this equipment.

Think BP! Advise patients of the option to buy clinically validated low cost blood pressure monitors like the UA-767S from established suppliers so they can monitor their blood pressure at home.

There is also a role for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who need to do things differently to improve detection, support GP Practices and increase opportunistic screening.

They can use the BHF website to see how many people in their CCG have undiagnosed high blood pressure.

How do we diagnose more patients with high blood pressure?

Time pressured consultations and other clinical priorities are a factor and simply mean in many instances there isn’t enough time to record a blood pressure. The answer is the wider adoption of technology like the A&D Medical TM-2657P waiting room BP monitor and doing things differently.

How does it work?

Patient self-measurement of blood pressure using A&D waiting room blood pressure monitors have been used in the UK since PMS Instruments introduced them in 2002. They are an established part of many GP Practices hypertension diagnosis and management pathways. Put simply the patient records their blood pressure which is printed on a paper slip. This is then shown to the clinician during the consultation. The readings can be input to the patient’s clinical record.

What does the future for detection and management of high BP hold?

With no extra capacity at present the situation won’t be improved by GP’s working harder. It may be improved by doing things differently, changing the system and the wider adoption of new technology. If you are a GP Practice, CCG or GP Federation and want to find out more about the latest BP measuring technology contact me.

Know Your Numbers Week 12 – 18th September

The 12th to the 18th of September this year sees the return of ‘Know your Numbers’, a Blood Pressure UK run awareness campaign to promote blood pressure testing. KYN was first launched in 2001 and has since gone on to encourage around 1.5 million people to have their blood pressure checked. The idea is that we should all know our blood pressures like we know our height and weight.

For me, that’s a great analogy. If you weigh yourself and realise you’ve put on a few pounds, then you might start eating a bit differently or moving a bit more. The difference, however, is that with weight gain you have a visual clue before anything else. Blood Pressure is only known once tested, but knowing those figures and tracking the changes could one day save your life.

As part of KYN week, ‘Pressure Stations’ will be setup all around the country at the more obvious venues such as GP surgeries, hospitals and health clubs, but also shopping centres and supermarkets, so it should be easy for everyone to get checked out.

At P.M.S (Instruments), we think this is a great initiative, and hope it does it a lot of good, but we can’t forget that we’re here to supply both surgeries with the equipment they need and also those at home or in the private healthcare sector. With that in mind, we’d like to share some news on two great new products.

The A&D TM-2657P is the follow up to the TM-2655P, popular with GPs as it saves consultation time. This is particularly useful at this time of year when it comes to screening elderly patients who are having the flu jab in large volumes. My favourite new feature of this machine is the added value of the Irregular Heartbeat Indicator (IHB) function – a highly useful new feature. Check out the write up below for some more specs!

The other great new Blood Pressure Monitor is the A&D UA-767-S, which is the latest in a generation of models of the same name. This is a really portable BPM, which makes it perfect for either home use, those who are regularly out and about on home visits or just in the surgery. Another brilliant bit of kit from A&D, again, check below for full specs!

Here at PMS, we’re proud to have a 40 year plus history of supplying technology you can trust. We’ve been the main A&D UK distributer since 1990 (A&D have been making Blood Pressure Monitors since 1979) so we can guarantee the best equipment and a genuine pedigree. For is, this is the perfect marriage to support the upcoming Know Your Numbers week.


A&D TM-2657PA&D TM-2657P – For Waiting Room Use

Key features

  • User-friendly with small footprint
  • BHS AA grade clinical validation 
  • Simple one-touch fully automatic measurement
  • Accurate and reliable Torque Controlled Belt drive Method
  • Antibacterial inner arm cuff cover
  • Easy load paper tray
  • Reliable high speed printer with easy paper replacement
  • Irregular Heart Beat (IHB) indicated on printout


The TM-2657P is the latest waiting room blood pressure monitor from A&D Medical. It builds on the speed, reliability and accuracy of the previous TM-2655P, which it replaces, but now features a new ergonomic, modern, compact design. The new integrated armrest helps ensure the patient’s arm is comfortable and in the correct position during a measurement.

A new antibacterial arm cuff cover is also now fitted as standard with the TM-2657P. Designed and engineered in Japan, the new TM-2657P has a faster printout speed and offers added optional connectivity features including Bluetooth.

The “Torque Controlled Belt drive Method” (TCBM) cuff mechanism in the TM-2657P provides sophisticated automatic cuff size adjustment, ensuring the arm is positioned correctly for accurate high speed measurement, first time, every time.

With a centrally located simple one-button operation, it can be used on children (13 years or above) and adults with either the left or right arm. After the reading, the results are output to the inbuilt thermal printer with the date, time systolic, diastolic and pulse rate clearly displayed. New printing options also permit the inclusion of a barcode or QR code on the print out.

The printout will also display (if present) an irregular heartbeat symbol. An irregular heartbeat is defined as a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeats during the blood pressure measurement.

Like the previous model, the TM-2657P looks set to be popular with GP Practices looking for a clinically validated, easy to use professional waiting room blood pressure monitor.



Key features

  • Compact size and weight (140(w) x 60(h) x 105(d) mm weighs (245g) ex batteries
  • Advanced Oscillometric method for hospital accuracy
  • 60 reading memory with average
  • Correct cuff fit and movement detector
  • Irregular heartbeat indicator with frequency detected
  • WHO blood pressure classification index
  • European Society of Hypertension International Protocol clinical validation
  • Five- year warranty
  • Battery or mains (optional extra) operation

The frequency of IHB (Irregular Heart Beat) detection is divided into different grades and shown by icons.

  • 0-24% : No Indication
  • 25-49% : Grade 1
  • 50-74% : Grade 2
  • 75-100% : Grade 3

The latest A&D Medical UA-767S builds on the popularity, accuracy and reliability of the original UA-767 series but it adds additional new advanced features. It is a popular upper arm blood pressure monitor with a 60 reading memory with averaging function, cuff fit and movement error functions and a simple one-button operation. This model features a new Irregular Heartbeat Indicator (IHB) function, which identifies the frequency of IHB by dividing the number of IHBs by the total number of readings taken to grade the occurrence of IHB accordingly. The more frequent the IHB appears the greater the risk. This feature is for monitoring purposes only. The UA-767S is supplied with a standard 22-32cm cuff. For customers with a larger arm we recommend the UA-767S-W, which has a 22-42cm cuff. It has a proven reliability record and is used extensively in the UK.