Short answer: Yes. Blood pressure is measured as the force exerted onto the walls of arteries as blood is pumped by the heart to all parts of the body.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is characterised by blood pressure at or beyond 140/90 mmHg (the normal pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg).
Most of the times, hypertension has no symptom. The condition is mostly only known when diagnosed by health care providers. The general lack of symptom implies that many people develop heart and kidney problems without being aware of having hypertension.
Malignant hypertension, which is a dangerous form of high BP, can however generate symptoms which include:-
- Severe headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Vision changes