High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than 25 per cent of adults in the UK.
It’s known as ‘the silent killer’, as it’s not always possible to know if you have the condition unless you get your blood pressure checked.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include nosebleeds, blurred vision, and stomach pain.
But, you could also be at risk of the condition, which is also known as hypertension, if you hear your heartbeat in your ears.
Having heart palpitations could be one of the earliest signs of high blood pressure, said Bupa UK.
Heart palpitations cause people to feel their own heart beat. It may feel like a pounding in the chest, added charity the British Heart Foundation.
It could even be felt in the neck, or heard in the ears when lying down, it said.
“Palpitations describe the sensation of feeling your own heart beating,” said the British Heart Foundation.
“They often feel like a fluttering, pounding, a thud or movement in your chest, which you may feel in your neck or through your ear when you are lying down.
“Palpitations are common and for most people are harmless, but they can be very unpleasant.”
Heart palpitations could be a sign of high blood pressure, and should be seen by a doctor, added Bupa UK.
High blood pressure rarely causes any symptoms, unless you have extreme hypertension.
But, it could cause headaches, shortness of breath, or a high fever.
“You may want to see your GP if you get a combination of any of these symptoms frequently,” it said.
They may indicate high blood pressure or something else that needs to be treated.”
Having high blood pressure puts extra pressure on blood vessels and vital organs, said the NHS.
Diagnosing hypertension early is crucial, as it increases the risk of some deadly conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.
But you could lower your risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Cut back on the amount of salt in your diet to prevent hypertension.
Everyone should aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day – the equivalent to about a teaspoonful.
Published at Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:24:00 +0000