High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, impacts an estimated 14.4 million adults in the UK. The condition does not always show symptoms, though, so it can be hard to tell you have it without regular blood pressure checks.
Headaches can occur due to dehydration, tiredness, hunger or even bad posture.
Often, if they are not serious, headaches can usually be cured with painkillers or by drinking enough water.
Regardless of your symptoms, if you are concerned you may have high blood pressure, it is vital you visit your GP.
Does anything increase your risk of high blood pressure?
According to the NHS, although “it’s not always clear what causes high blood pressure” there are certain lifestyle and hereditary factors which can “increase your risk”.
You might be more at risk if you:
- are overweight
- eat too much salt and do not eat enough fruit and vegetables
- do not do enough exercise
- drink too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
- do not get much sleep or have disturbed sleep
- are over 65
- have a relative with high blood pressure
- are of black African or black Caribbean descent
- live in a deprived area
In some cases, making healthy lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of hypertension, or even lower your reading if it has already been deemed as high.