A nurse has issued a warning sign in your neck you should never ignore because it could be a symptom of a deadly disease.
The life-threatening condition affects around 14.4 million people in the UK, according to the British Heart Foundation, but around nine million of those people are unaware that they have it.
Nurse Dutton, based at Riverside Mathews Medical Center, explained: “High blood pressure (or hypertension) is known as a silent disease, because you may not feel any symptoms at all.”
However, there can be a few noticeable signs of high blood pressure, if you know what you’re looking for.
One noticeable symptom of high blood pressure is the feeling of pulsations in the neck.
Other signs of high blood pressure might include:
- Moderate or severe headaches
- Shortness of breath
These could indicate that you have been living with high blood pressure for some time.
If you have not had your blood pressure checked in the past year, it’s crucial that you get checked.
High blood pressure puts excess strain on the blood vessels, heart, brain, kidnjeys and eyes, the NHS says.
Without proper management, high blood pressure can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aortic aneurysms
- Kidney disease
- Vascular dementia.
Where to get your blood pressure tested
- At your GP surgery
- At some pharmacies
- As part of your NHS Health Check
- In some workplaces.
Blood pressure monitors are also available to buy in pharmacies, which means you can check your reading in the comfort of your own home.
What causes high blood pressure?
While there is no single identifiable reason for a rise in blood pressure, there are many factors that could lead to the development of the condition.
Factors include high levels of stress, obesity, being over the age of 65, and not exercising enough.
Smokers, those who drink too much alcohol or caffeine-based drinks, and consume too much salt are also at risk of high blood pressure.
Whether you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or not, the best way to look after yourself is to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy ways to improve your blood pressure include exercising for at least 150 minutes per week and not smoking.
Additional measures will include eating a healthy diet and lowering stress levels.