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, increases the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes. It’s caused by not doing enough exercise, or eating an unhealthy diet, and it puts extra stress on your blood vessels. You could be at risk of uncontrolled hypertension, and should speak to a doctor straight away, if you are having trouble speaking.
Struggling to speak normally could be a sign of deadly high blood pressure, warned medical website LiveStrong.
Similarly, struggling to understand what someone else is saying could also be caused by the condition, it said.
It’s crucial that you speak to a medical professional straight away if you have high blood pressure and have trouble speaking. It could lead to sudden death, it claimed.
“When not controlled, blood pressure levels can rise to the point that you start to experience physical symptoms,” said the medical website.
“Some of the symptoms are nonspecific and may be overlooked as being a byproduct of some less serious condition or external cause.
“These include headache, fatigue, anxiety, confusion or forgetfulness, excessive perspiration or dizziness.
“These symptoms can worsen acutely and in some cases result in sudden death.
“You should seek immediate assistance from a health care professional if you’re experiencing muscle tremors or a sudden fall, trouble speaking or understanding speech.”
You could also be at risk of uncontrolled high blood pressure if you have blurred vision, or if you lose your vision suddenly.
Other signs include severe nosebleeds, coughing up blood, chest pain, or developing a tingling in your hands and feet.
Around two-thirds of people with high blood pressure have hypertension that’s left untreated or under-treated, it added.
High blood pressure is often known as ‘the silent killer’. That’s because it rarely produces any physical symptoms in its early stages.
You could lower your risk of high blood pressure symptoms by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and by doing regularly exercise.
Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
All adults over 40 should also check their blood pressure at least every five years.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist to have your blood pressure checked.