High blood pressure, or hypertension, unlike many other heart conditions generally doesn’t have any noticeable symptoms that will give you any indication that something may be wrong.
High blood pressure is quite a common occurrence in the UK, with 1 in 4 adults affected. Due to its typical lack of symptoms, the only way to know if you have it is to have your blood pressure checked, so many people could be completely unaware that they are affected. If left untreated, high blood pressure will put extra strain on your heart. This can increase your risk of serious problems, such as;
- Heart attack
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart failure
- Aortic aneurysms
Your risk of high blood pressure is affected by numerous factors, many of which you are in direct control of. These include;
- Family medical history
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Drug abuse
- Lack of exercise
- Excessive dietary salt consumption
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, there are numerous changes in lifestyle that you can make in order to improve your condition, ranging from eating more healthily, cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking and getting out and exercising more frequently. Your consultant may also advise drug therapy, in order to bring your blood pressure down to a safe range. Investigations are necessary to rule out primary causes and assess any issues caused by the high blood pressure.
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Heart check-ups are imperative to protecting your health by catching any developing heart problems early on before symptoms develop, and most importantly, whilst changes to a person's lifestyle can still make a significant impact.
They can also identify any pre-existing heart disease that may already be present.
Here at Manchester Cardiology Services, we can help identify any potential predispositions you may have to developing heart problems, and give you peace of mind when it comes to your health.