High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.
How common is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is a common condition, affecting around one in three adults in England. It is estimated that 18% of adult men and 13% of adult women have high blood pressure but are not getting treatment for it.
For more information please visit the NHS Choices website.
If you are interested in accessing further information on heart disease and how to manage it the British Heart Foundation offers a wealth of information to help you.
Cardiac Risk Calculator - This will help you to calculate your risk of heart disease, but cannot be used if you have already had a cardiac event (Heart attack/Stroke)