News ID: 273807
Published: 1115 GMT September 06, 2020

High blood pressure symptoms: The sign in your breath to watch out for

High blood pressure symptoms: The sign in your breath to watch out for

High blood pressure is often branded the "silent killer" because its harmful effects creep up unannounced. Occasionally, a person with high blood pressure can experience symptoms, however here is a sign associated with breathing.

Unfortunately, high blood pressure does not usually throw out any visible signs, according to

Without symptoms, you are at risk of sleepwalking into a life-threatening health battle.

To keep on top of your blood pressure, the NHS recommends routinely getting your blood pressure checked.

Although it is rare, studies have identified symptoms associated with high blood pressure.

One study published in the Journal of Hypertension sought to determine the prevalence of symptoms generally attributed to hypertension.

Data pooled from 59,448 patients identified a number of prevalent symptoms, such as dyspnea, otherwise known as shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath is typically characterized as getting out of breath suddenly and unexpectedly, even if you haven't exerted yourself, explained the NHS.

The study found dizziness to be most prevalent symptom associated with high blood pressure.

Other symptoms included headache, angina pectoris (chest pain) and tiredness.


How is high blood pressure treated?


Simple lifestyle changes can help reduce high blood pressure, although some people may need to take medicine as well.

One of the most important lifestyle changes you can implement straight away is to reduce your salt intake

As the British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.

Adults should eat less than six grams of salt each day — that’s about one teaspoon, said the BHF.

"This includes the salt that’s contained within ready made foods like bread, as well as the salt you add during cooking and at the table," it added.

According to the NHS, eating a low-fat diet that includes lots of fiber, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and plenty of fruit and vegetables also helps lower blood pressure.

A healthy, balanced diet should be complemented with regular exercise.

As the NHS explains, being active and taking regular exercise lowers blood pressure by keeping your heart and blood vessels in good condition.

"Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will also help lower your blood pressure," noted the health body.

Adults should do at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week, it said.

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