Does high blood pressure cause symptoms?

Dr Louisa Draper

"High blood pressure often doesn’t cause symptoms. it’s important to monitor your blood pressure and have regular check ups."

Dr Louisa Draper

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High blood pressure often doesn’t cause symptoms but it can put strain on your heart and blood vessels, as well as your kidneys, brain and even your eyes. 

Because high blood pressure can increase your risk of some life threatening illnesses, it’s important to keep an eye on your reading.

Your blood pressure reading consists of two values. The first is the systolic pressure - this is the force your heart uses to pump the blood around your body. The second, lower figure is the diastolic pressure - the level of resistance to the blood flow in your blood vessels.

High blood pressure is considered to be 140/90 or higher.

Ideal blood pressure is considered to be between 90/60 and 120/80.

If your blood pressure reading comes out at between 120/80 and 140/90 you might be at risk of developing high blood pressure and you should take steps to control it. For people with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, the blood pressure reading should be below 130/80.