High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK. It can be difficult to know if you're at risk o
High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK. It can be difficult to know if you’re at risk of hypertension, but there are some key signs you should be looking out for.
High blood pressure – which is also known as hypertension – is a serious medical condition that can cause a number of deadly complications.
If you have high blood pressure, you’re more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
Lowering your blood pressure even just a little bit could help to protect against these conditions.
But knowing whether you have hypertension can be incredibly difficult.
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Medical website Healthline said: “Hypertensive crisis is defined as a blood pressure reading of 180 milligrams of mercury (mmHg) or above for the systolic pressure (first number) or 120 or above for the diastolic pressure (second number).
“It’s often caused by skipping medications or secondary high blood pressure.
“If you’re checking your own blood pressure and get a reading that high, wait a few minutes and then check again to make sure the first reading was accurate.
“Emergency hypertensive crisis can result in severe complications, including fluid in the lungs, brain swelling or bleeding, [or] stroke.”
The only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.
Everyone over the age of 40 should consider checking their blood pressure every five years.
You can check your risk of hypertension at your local doctors’ surgery, at some pharmacies, or by using your own device at home.
You’re more likely to have hypertension if you’re overweight, or add large amounts of salt to your diet.