The Silent Killer

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms
The Key Facts

High blood pressure

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) usually has no symptoms, which is why many people don’t know they have it and why it’s often called the ‘silent killer’

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in your arteries. If your blood pressure is too high it can narrow the arteries and blood vessels in your body which can lead to damage to your brain or heart.

Serious health conditions

If your blood pressure is too high over a period of time, and not treated, you will be at risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. You’re also at a higher risk of developing kidney disease, dementia and some eye conditions. Read more

Lower the risk factors

The good news is high blood pressure can be treated and often prevented and there’s lots you can do to lower your risk. Read more

Know your blood pressure

The first thing to do is know your blood pressure. The only way to find out what your blood pressure is, is to have regular checks. Read more

If you live in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire you can get a free test at your pharmacy.

 

What causes high blood pressure

Your risk of developing high blood pressure can increase because of a number of factors.

  • As you get older your risk of developing high blood pressure increases
  • You have a family history of high blood pressure
  • You are of African or Caribbean origin
  • You eat too much salt
  • You don’t exercise
  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You regularly drink large amounts of alcohol
  • You smoke
  • You suffer from long-term sleep deprivation
  • As you get older your risk of developing high blood pressure increases
  • You have a family history of high blood pressure
  • You are of African or Caribbean origin
  • You eat too much salt
  • You don’t exercise
  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You regularly drink large amounts of alcohol
  • You smoke
  • You suffer from long-term sleep deprivation

How to lower your blood pressure

  • Eat less salt
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Lose weight
  • Get active
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Stop smoking
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Lose weight
  • Get active
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Stop smoking
  • Get a good night’s sleep

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HOW TO PREVENT IT VISIT NHS.UK