0257 GMT October 22, 2020
Diagnosing the condition – which is also known as hypertension – early is crucial, as it raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes, express.co.uk wrote.
But making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to lower your chances of developing high blood pressure.
You should definitely get a blood pressure check as soon as you turn 60 years old, urged LloydsPharmacy.
Hypertension is most common in people over 60 years old, said LloydsPharmacy.
As soon as you’ve hit 60, it’s a good idea to speak to a doctor our pharmacist to check your blood pressure.
Even if you only have slightly high blood pressure, diagnosing the condition early can help patients to kickstart their new lifestyle changes, it said.
“It’s only natural that people might not think to seek help from a health professional until something starts to feel wrong, especially as we are all living hectic lives,” said LloydsPharmacy pharmacist, Francesa Brenca.
“What many people don’t realize is that some of the key indicators of ill health, like high blood pressure or raised blood sugar can be silent, so it’s important we encourage people to be more proactive to help them live healthier lives.
The pharmacy added: “High-blood pressure is most common in people over the age of 60.
“LloydsPharmacy’s data backs this up as almost three quarters of their patients [72 percent] are over 60 years of age.
“The NHS recommend that you start a little earlier and have a regular blood pressure check if you’re over 40.”
All adults over 40 years old should check their blood pressure at least every five years, said the NHS.
Speak to a doctor or some pharmacist to have your blood pressure checked.
Checking your hypertension risk is the only way of knowing if you have the condition.
But, if you have extremely high blood pressure, you may show some tell-tale signs and symptoms.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include chest pain, severe headaches and nosebleeds.
Those with high blood pressure could also be at risk of a hypertensive crisis – where the blood pressure suddenly spikes to around 180/120mmHg.
A hypertensive crisis is a medical emergency, as it can damage blood vessels and organs.
Symptoms include seizures, and unresponsiveness. Call 999 straight away if you think you’re having a hypertensive crisis.