High blood pressure: facial flushing can be a sign

High blood pressure affects about a third of adults in the UK. The scary part of having this condition is that you may not even realize it because symptoms are impossible to spot. Here’s a sign that may deserve extra attention.

A potential warning sign of high blood pressure could be recurrent red skin.

In most cases, a little red on the cheeks doesn’t mean anything serious. It can be the result of a warm feeling, extra spice in your food and other non-risk factors.

But if facial flushing continues to return, it could indicate a serious medical condition, reports Medical News Today.

The medical site explains that endocrine disorders that lead to high levels of hormones that affect stress, blood pressure and blood vessels can cause flushing.


American Heart Society states that facial flushing can be associated with stress, alcohol consumption, and exercise, all of which can temporarily raise blood pressure.

While facial flushing can occur when your blood pressure is higher than normal, the charity says high blood pressure isn’t the direct cause.

Some other possible signs of high blood pressure include:

  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • nosebleeds.

There are also a number of other places where hypertension checks are performed, including GP surgeries, pharmacies, and even some workplaces.

Blood pressure is measured in two numbers – systolic and diastolic pressure.

Systolic describes the pressure when your heart pushes blood out and diastolic describes when your heart rests between beats.

The higher number is the systolic pressure and is always given first.

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

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