High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases a person’s risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Seeing blood coming from either of these two body parts is a warning of hypertension and should not be ignored.
When to see a doctor
Although high blood pressure does not usually cause symptoms, anyone experiencing a sudden, severe headache or nosebleed should check their blood pressure said Medical News Today.
The health site continued: “If their blood pressure is above 180/120 mmHg, they should stay rested for five minutes and recheck their blood pressure.
“If the blood pressure is still higher than 180/120 mmHg, they need to seek medial help at their doctor’s office.
“If a person is experiencing sever symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or visual difficulty, they need to call for emergency medical treatment as they may be experiencing a hypertensive crisis.”
Living a sedentary lifestyle with a poor diet is said by experts to have a more detrimental effect on blood pressure than stress.
The NHS recommend reducing your blood pressure by cutting back on alcohol, exercising regularly and losing weight if overweight.
Additionally, reducing caffeine, stopping smoking and getting at least six hours of sleep a night can also help.
As well as lifestyle changes, a GP may prescribe medicines to help with the condition such as ACE inhibitors, diuretics or beta-blockers.