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High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when the pressure in your blood vessels is unusually high. It can be serious if not treated.

High blood pressure does not usually have any symptoms. The only way to find out if you have it is to get your blood pressure checked.

Lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help lower high blood pressure. Some people also need to take medicines.

Things that increase your chances of high blood pressure include being overweight, having an unhealthy diet, smoking and not exercising enough.

Read more on the NHS website.

High blood pressure does not usually have any symptoms. The only way to find out if you have it is to get your blood pressure checked.

Read more on the NHS website.

Lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help lower high blood pressure. Some people also need to take medicines.

Self-care

These lifestyle changes can help prevent and lower high blood pressure:

Some people with high blood pressure may also need to take 1 or more medicines to stop their blood pressure getting too high.

Medical treatments

If you're diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend taking 1 or more medicines to keep it under control.

These come as tablets and usually need to be taken once a day.

Common blood pressure medicines include:

The medicine recommended for you will depend on things like how high your blood pressure is, your age and your ethnicity.

Read more on the NHS website.

Things that increase your chances of high blood pressure include being overweight, having an unhealthy diet, smoking and not exercising enough.

Read more on the NHS website.