A third of adults in the UK have hypertension and do not realise they have this condition, it is completely unbeknown to them.  See here  for more information.

Dr Mohit Sharma, consultant in public health and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) lead in the South East said: “High blood pressure does not usually have any symptoms, so the only way to find out if you have it is to check your own blood pressure or to get it checked.

“Healthy adults aged over 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least once every 5 years.  However, if you’re at an increased risk of high blood pressure, you should have your blood pressure checked more often, ideally once a year.

If you have had a high reading previously, even if it is only a little high, your GP practice might invite you to have it measured again.

Published: Feb 16, 2023