Our heart pumps blood through our blood vessels to take oxygen and energy to different parts of our bodies. If the blood pushes too hard against the walls of our blood vessels, we are said to have high blood pressure. This damages the blood vessels, brain and kidneys.
Over time, this high pressure can damage the walls of our blood vessels and make our hearts work too hard. This puts us at risk of a heart attack or stroke. These illnesses are serious. But high blood pressure can be prevented and treated.
One of the problems of hypertension is that there are often no symptoms until our blood pressure is dangerously high. This is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important.
If you have any of these symptoms go to the clinic or doctor immediately: