High blood pressure can seem lower down on the totem pole of health priorities because it does not produce any major symptoms. It is therefore tempting to downplay its significance. Such complacency could be life-threatening, however, and if you’re experiencing sudden nosebleeds, it could mean you’re at risk of having blood pressure which is becoming dangerously high.
With symptoms such as nosebleeds so easy to dismiss as insignificant, it’s important to really take notice of what your body is trying to tell you.
The British Heart Foundation lists other likely symptoms of high blood pressure.
Blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and headaches are all possible symptoms of the health condition.
The most effective way to get on top of your health is to have a health check-up at your local GP’s surgery.
It is vital that you reduce your salt intake because salt can directly raise your blood pressure.
Adults should eat no more than six grams of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that’s around one teaspoon.
“Eating a low-fat diet that includes lots of fibre, such as wholegrain rice, bread and pasta, and plenty of fruit and vegetables also helps lower blood pressure,” explains the national health body.
The NHS added that a person should aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
It is also imperative to lose weight if you are overweight because carrying excess weight can raise your blood pressure, it warns.