High blood pressure usually has no associated signs or symptoms, which means that you could have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. If it is left unchecked, high blood pressure can cause damage to the heart or blood vessels which can eventually lead to serious problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, or kidney disease.2
The only way to know for certain whether you are hypertensive is to have your blood pressure measured. If you have a close relative who has high blood pressure, or suffer from other health problems such as obesity, you should take special care to have your blood pressure regularly checked, even if you feel fine.
In rare cases if someone has very high blood pressure they can experience symptoms including:
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure you should ensure you have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. As an adult, you should have your blood pressure checked at least once every five years, particularly if you have any contributory risk factors. A GP, nurse or pharmacist can measure your blood pressure, or you can do it yourself if you have a blood pressure monitor at home.1 Some pharmacies and drop-in clinics will measure your blood pressure for free.