Is High Blood Pressure a Sign or Symptom of Heart Disease?

Consultant cardiologist Dr. Navtej Chahal explains what high blood pressure means

Having high blood pressure is very important to identify. Often, patients have absolutely no symptoms, so it is very difficult to know that a problem may even be present.

Blood pressure is both a sign and a symptom of heart disease.

The most common form of high blood pressure occurs because of stiffness within the blood vessels of the heart and body. This has many adverse effects.

Once the blood vessels stiffen, fat is deposited within the linings of the blood vessels, which can predispose someone to a heart attack or a stroke.

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When the blood vessels of the body are stiff, the heart has to work incredibly hard, and as a result, may fail over time. High blood pressure in young people is very abnormal and can be a symptom rather than a sign of a problem within the heart, or elsewhere within the body.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist

PhD FESC FACC

Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

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Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, MRCP, MBBS, BSc

Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

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Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist

FRCP, MB BCh

Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

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Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…

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