Symptoms of high blood pressure

There are not usually any symptoms with high blood pressure which is why it can lie undiagnosed for a long period of time. This means that there are a substantial number of people with high blood pressure who are living with a ‘ticking bomb’ so to speak.

So, how do you know if you have high blood pressure?

Often the only way you find out is during a routine check up at your GP’s surgery. This is more likely to be the case if you are over 40 or have a medical condition which requires monitoring. But someone can experience symptoms if their blood pressure level is too high, or they have a rapid surge without any prior warning. This will cause the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Blackouts
  • Fits or seizures
  • Eyesight problems, e.g. double vision
  • Breathlessness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Fatigue
  • Excess sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Visual disturbances
  • Palpitations

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms then seek medical advice as soon as possible.

This is not meant to unduly worry you; instead it is meant to raise awareness of this chronic condition which can be fatal if left untreated. But high blood pressure can be controlled with medication and a healthy lifestyle.

If you are over 40, have a family history of high blood pressure or one or more of the risk factors mentioned in this guide then have your blood pressure checked.

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