High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK. The condition, which is known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs. Eating an unhealthy diet and not doing enough exercise. You may have developed painful headaches, it's been claimed.
Headaches are one of the more common warning signs of hypertension, according to Bupa.
While headaches are very common and are not serious, you should see a doctor.
You could also feel dizzy, have unexplained stomach pain, or even have frequent nosebleeds.
"Sometimes high blood pressure is caused by another health problem you already have. But most of the time there's no obvious cause, "said Bupa.
"High blood pressure has few obvious symptoms. But it can be identified by regular checks as well as changes through your lifestyle.
"A significant majority of people with high blood pressure do not have any symptoms and are not aware of their condition.
"But rarely, high blood pressure causes one or more of the following: headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, nose bleed, stomach pain.
"You may want to see your GP. They may indicate high blood pressure or something else that needs to be treated. "
Meanwhile, there are some warning signs that your blood pressure has escalated to a hypertensive emergency.
If you have hypertension, look out for muscle tremors, getting in touch, coughing up blood, or a tingling in your hands or feet.
A hypertensive emergency is where your blood pressure rises to dangerously high levels, and can cause permanent damage to your blood vessels.
You could lower your chances of developing high blood pressure by cutting back on the amount of salt in your diet.
Everyone should aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day – the equivalent to about a teaspoonful.
Regular exercise is therefore crucial for avoiding high blood pressure. Aim to do 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist.
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.