Diagnosing high blood pressure
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is often called a ‘silent disease’ because you usually don't know you have it. There may be no symptoms or signs. Nonetheless, it damages the body and eventually may cause problems such as heart disease.
This is why it's important to regularly monitor your blood pressure, especially if it has ever been high or above the ‘normal’ range, or if you have a family history of hypertension. Because high blood pressure can cause heart disease, you may also need to be screened for your risk of heart disease.