High blood pressure: Three unusual signs of hypertension – are you at risk?
High blood pressure affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK – the equivalent to about five million people.
The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.
The only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked, as symptoms can be elusive – especially if you only have slightly high blood pressure.
But, if you have extremely high blood pressure, you could show some signs of the condition, including nosebleeds.
Nosebleeds are a relatively common symptom of high blood pressure, according to Superdrug.
They may be caused by a weakness in the blood vessels in the inner lining of the nose.
Some patients may also have symptoms in their eyes, and may often see ‘floaters’, or blood spots.
It’s quite a common sign of high blood pressure, and it’s important to have regular eye checks, it added.
Feeling constantly nauseous could also be a sign of high blood pressure.
Nausea may be caused by a number of conditions, including some types of medication, or even just anxiety, it said.
“Because high blood pressure is a serious condition that can cause disability or death, it’s important to know if you have it,” said Superdrug.
“It is unlikely what you’re experiencing is symptoms of high blood pressure – you might be worried you have symptoms of high blood pressure.
“However, the truth is, that the vast majority of patients with high blood pressure have no symptoms at all.
“This means they have no idea they have it. High blood pressure is known as ‘the silent killer’.
“If you think you might be having high blood pressure symptoms, find out whether you might need testing or treatment.”
People are more likely to develop high blood pressure if they’re obese, or have diabetes. About half of all diabetics have high blood pressure.
Having too much salt in your diet, or drinking too much alcohol, could also lead to hypertension.
Identifying and managing high blood pressure is crucial, as the condition raises the chances of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
All UK adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years.
Speak to a pharmacist or GP to have your blood pressure checked.