High blood pressure cuts people’s lives short. The condition dramatically increases a person’s risk of a heart attack or stroke. What type of disconcerting sensation could be a symptom of the condition?
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) – a UK charity that funds groundbreaking research on heart and circulatory diseases – states high blood pressure “rarely has noticeable symptoms”.
When symptoms of the notoriously silent, but potentially deadly condition does surface, the BHF note how “dizziness” could be one sign of high blood pressure.
The NHS explains how dizziness includes feeling “off-balance”, “giddy”, “lightheaded or faint”, or “like you’re spinning, or things around you are spinning (vertigo)”.
Hypertension, as high blood pressure is medically known as, describes the severity of pressure applied to arteries when blood is transported throughout the body.
High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder and, eventually, this may lead to the heart becoming enlarged, causing the muscle to work less effectively.
After time, this could possibly lead to heart failure.
Additionally, arteries become stiff and narrow in response to the sheer force of blood pounding against them all the time.
There are certain lifestyle factors that increases a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure.
Too much salt in your diet is one factor to consider, as well as regularly drinking more than the recommended limit of alcohol (14 units per week).
Smoking is a huge risk factor, and so is being overweight and not doing enough exercise.
Try to refrain from the above risk factors if you aim to keep yourself in good health.