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Blood Pressure


High blood pressure – also known as hypertension – rarely makes people feel ill. It is sometimes called a ‘silent threat’ because there are usually no symptoms, and it very often goes undiagnosed. Very small numbers of people with high blood pressure may get headaches, but only if their blood pressure is very high. Problems with sight, breathlessness and nose bleeds can occasionally be a sign of high blood pressure.

The only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure measured. Your GP or nurse can measure it for you. If you have a health check your blood pressure will be taken as part of the check.