The Lancet in mid-August 2015 summarised the damaging effects of high blood pressure. It is the number on killer worldwide and in developed countries and has been for the last 10 years. In developed countries it causes 55% of strokes and 50% of heart attacks. Nearly I in 3 of us will die from one of these two diseases compared with I in 4 from cancer.
There is no way of knowing what your blood pressure is unless it is measured – on an accurate machine. Nose bleeds and headaches only occur with blood pressure readings which are off the scale. Even if you know that your blood pressure is raised, evidence suggests that only 1 person in 3 has their pressure adequately controlled.
It may have been true to say that taking blood pressure medication makes a person who previously felt well (despite the sword of Damocles hanging unseen above their head), feel ill. That is no longer the case. There are so many drugs to choose from that there is no reason why everyone should not be taking medication which controls their blood pressure well with no side-effects whatsoever.