High blood pressure - why you should never ignore this feeling on your neck


HIGH blood pressure symptoms include headaches, feeling dizzy, and feeling sick. But you could also be at risk of hypertension signs if you have this strange feeling in your neck. Should you have your blood pressure checked?

High blood pressure is a common condition that affects more than a quarter of all adults in the UK.

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

High blood pressure is often known as "the silent killer", as it’s not always possible to know if you’re at risk.

But you should speak to a doctor if you have strange feelings on your neck, it’s been revealed.

Neck pulsations could be an early warning sign of high blood pressure, claimed Superdrug.

The feelings are caused by a heightened sense of anxiety - one of the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Some people could also hear the rushing of blood in their ears, which should also be seen by a GP.

“Because high blood pressure [medical term – hypertension] is a serious condition that can cause disability or death, it’s important to know if you have it.

“If you think you might be having high blood pressure symptoms, find out whether you might need testing or treatment.

“It is possible to get high blood pressure symptoms – if you do have high blood pressure, there are some symptoms you could experience.

High blood pressure symptoms: Hypertension signs include neck pulses (Image: GETTY Images)

“Feeling pulsations on your neck or rushing of blood in your ears.

“This is due to heightened awareness of your body and is most often due to anxiety.”

You could also be at risk of the condition if you have severe headaches, added Superdrug.

They’re very common, and could be caused by stress, or by some side effects of hypertension medication.

Other high blood pressure symptoms include nosebleeds, palpitations, or seeing blood spots in your eyes.

High blood pressure symptoms: Speak to a doctor if you have hypertension signs (Image: GETTY Images)

You could lower your risk of hypertension by eating a healthy, balanced diet, said the NHS.

It’s important to cut back on the amount of salt you eat, as it raises blood pressure.

Everyone should aim to eat less than 6g of salt in a single day - about the equivalent to a teaspoonful.

Regular exercise is also an important aspect to reducing your hypertension risk.

It’s recommended that everybody does at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.

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