High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because it rarely causes noticeable symptoms. But if you have hypertension, it’s essential that you watch out for some key warning signs of a serious complication.
High blood pressure affects about a quarter of all adults in the UK, according to the NHS.
But many people may be living with the condition without even knowing about it.
Usually, the only way of knowing if you’re at risk is to have your blood pressure checked.
If you have hypertension, you should look out for some serious warning signs of a hypertensive emergency.
“There’s a good reason why every doctor’s appointment starts with a blood pressure check,” warned Rush University Medical Center.
“Some people with high blood pressure will experience sharp rises in their blood pressure.
“These spikes, which typically last only a short period of time, are also known as sudden high blood pressure.
“If you have high blood pressure and experience the sudden onset of any of the following symptoms — which may signal a blood pressure spike or other serious condition — seek medical attention right away.”