What other symptoms of high blood pressure?
People suffering from high blood pressure, or ‘hypertension’ may experience a range of other symptoms including:
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible.
However, many people suffering from high blood pressure may experience no symptoms at all for years or even decades. It is estimated that one in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but many are unaware of this. Symptoms are often only apparent when the condition has become severe enough to cause damage to the blood vessels. This means that damage may be occurring without our knowledge.
What’s my risk?
Some people are more at risk for high blood pressure than others. For example, if you have a family history of high blood pressure. You are also more likely to develop high blood pressure if you suffer from kidney disease, adrenal or thyroid disorders. Age is also a factor – as you age your arteries become stiffer and have less elasticity. This leads to an increase in blood pressure as the heart works harder to pump the blood to where it’s needed.
You are also more likely to develop high blood pressure as you age, with 58% of men and women between ages 65-74 suffering from the condition.
But there are other lifestyle factors that can increase your risk too, including:
If you smoke, or have an unhealthy lifestyle, but don’t suffer from high blood pressure, it’s a good idea to address these issues to reduce your risk of developing the condition in the future.
While your leg pain or cramping may be caused by lifestyle factors, it’s important to seek medical advice to rule out other health conditions. Early diagnosis of high blood pressure or other circulation problems will reduce the risk of long-term damage.
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