High blood pressure is an ominously branded "silent killer" because the condition rarely shows any symptoms until it's serious. Sustained high blood pressure can be fatal. Occasionally, noticeable red flags do appear, however.
"You may want to see your GP if you get a combination of any of these symptoms frequently. They may indicate a high blood pressure or something else that needs to be treated, "said the healthy.
to Blood Pressure UK, it is common practice for a doctor to conduct an eye test on someone diagnosed with high blood pressure. A simple test can look at the small blood vessels in the back of your eye, to check if any damage has been done by high blood pressure, the charity said.
"Looking at the back of the eye reveals whether or not your small blood vessels (capillaries) have thickened, narrowed or burst
"This is the only place where small blood vessels can be seen and often any problems here are repeated in the small blood vessels in places that can not be seen, such as in the kidneys, "it added.
According to the NHS, if persistent high blood pressure can cause a wide range of serious health complications, including:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aortic aneurysms
- Kidney disease
- Vascular dementia
Regul ar physical activity is one effective measure. The British Heart Foundation recommends doing moderate-intensity activity every day and building up to at least 1
This will also help people maintain a healthy weight, another key factor. ]