High blood pressure warning – why you should never ignore this drowsy symptom

High blood pressure affects more than 25 per cent of all adults in the UK.

The condition, which is also known as hypertension, puts extra stress on blood vessels and vital organs.

You could have high blood pressure and not even know it, as it only rarely leaves its trademark tell-tale signs.

But, if you’re persistently feeling slightly dizzy, you could be at risk of hypertension.

Dizziness may be a warning sign of high blood pressure, warned LloydsPharmacy.

People who are constantly feeling slightly dizzy should speak to their GP and ask for a blood pressure check, it said.

That could even extend to people who often feel dizzy after standing up.

“It’s only natural that people might not think to seek help from a health professional until something starts to feel wrong, especially as we are all living hectic lives,” said LloydsPharmacy pharmacist, Francesca Brenca.

“What many people don’t realise is that some of the key indicators of ill health, like high blood pressure or raised blood sugar can be silent, so it’s important we encourage people to be more proactive to help them live healthier lives.”

LloydsPharmacy added: “One possible sign of high blood pressure is dizziness.

“If you do experience dizzy spells or even fainting, you should visit your GP and have a blood pressure check.

“In some cases dizziness when you move from sitting to standing or to lying down could indicate postural hypotension, which is when your blood pressure drops when you change your body position.”

You could also be at risk of high blood pressure symptoms if you often sleep quite poorly, it added.

Poor sleep is a common cause of inflammation in the body, which has a negative impact on blood pressure and heart health.

Other warning signs of the condition include chest pain, nosebleeds, and finding blood in your urine.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain a normal blood pressure, said LloydsPharmacy.

Everyone should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

Regular exercise is another crucial aspect to controlling your blood pressure.

All UK adults over 40 should check their blood pressure at least every five years.

You can check your blood pressure at your local doctors’ surgery, or at some pharmacies.