High blood pressure is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. But, you might not even know if you’re at risk of the condition, because it rarely has any tell-tale signs.
Having high blood pressure means that your blood vessels and vital organs are under more pressure than normal.
It’s absolutely vital that if you have the condition – which is also known as hypertension – you monitor your blood pressure as much as possible.
Patients are more at risk of developing some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes.
But huge numbers of people might be living with hypertension without even knowing, because symptoms are difficult to spot.
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“Nosebleeds that need medical attention can come from deeper inside the nose and usually affect adults,” said the NHS.
“They can be caused by an injury or broken nose, high blood pressure, conditions that affect the blood vessels or how the blood clots, [or] certain medicines, like warfarin.
“If doctors can see where the blood is coming from, they may seal it by pressing a stick with a chemical on it to stop the bleeding.
“If this is not possible, doctors might pack your nose with sponges to stop the bleeding. You may need to stay in hospital for a day or two.”
While nosebleeds aren’t usually anything to be too concerned about, you should still speak to a doctor if they happen relatively regularly.
You should also consider seeing a GP if you have a nosebleed combined with any symptoms of anaemia, or if you’re taking a blood-thinning medication.
But, in some situations, you should head straight to hospital with your nosebleed.
For example, if it lasts longer than 10 minutes, if the bleeding seems excessive, or if you’re feeling weak or dizzy.
Other common symptoms of high blood pressure include blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, and persistent headaches.
However, the condition is often known as ‘the silent killer’, because it’s not always easy to know if you’re at risk.
Everyone over the age of 40 should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.
You can check your blood pressure by visiting your GP or a pharmacist.