In most cases, having high blood pressure rarely displays any noticeable symptoms and therefore many people suffer from it without realising it. You can check your blood pressure by having it measured, either by a medical health professional such as a nurse or pharmacist, or by using a blood pressure monitor at home. If you have any concerns with your reading, always speak to your GP, pharmacist or nurse for guidance. If you have high blood pressure, you have an increased risk for some serious conditions such as heart attacks or strokes.
Although the exact cause of developing high blood pressure is not clear, there are many risk factors that can contribute to your overall increased risk.
Some of these include:
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In certain circumstances, high blood pressure can occur as the result of an underlying health condition or from taking a certain medication. The prevalence of this is around 1 in every 20 cases.
Some of the health conditions that can cause high blood pressure are:
There are also some medications which increase your blood pressure; such as the contraceptive pill, steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, some anti-depressants, and some pharmacy cough and cold remedies.
However, in most cases, your blood pressure will return to normal once you stop taking these medications. Find out five easy ways to lower your blood pressure naturally through diet and lifestyle here.
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