Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

It’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly, since the symptoms are not always recognizable. Detection is key, since most cases become serious due to the reality that hypertension does not produce warning signs until dangerous levels are reached. Don’t loose heart though, there are recognizable symptoms and below we discuss a few of these.

Many people disagree as to what high blood pressure is.

Most are aware that blood pressure is a combination of two numbers called systolic pressure and diastolic pressure.  Most experts agree that if your blood pressure is 140/90 or above you have hypertension, but there is some disagreement about what lower numbers mean.  A blood pressure reading of 130/85 would have been considered normal up until recently.  However, experts now call this prehypertension and state that blood pressure is only healthy below 120/80.  Your doctor may believe differently, a blood pressure reading above 120/80 should be cause for you adding exercise to your routine, as well as monitoring your diet.

In some cases, high blood pressure causes the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.  These symptoms can, of course, be caused by lots of other problems as well, so they must be checked by a doctor. If you are experiencing bouts of nauseousness and vomiting, be sure and meet with your doctor immediately.  The chance that you will experience these symptoms related to blood pressure are slim if your blood pressure is only slightly above average.  Most research shows that symptoms of high blood pressure don’t usually show up until the blood pressure is extremely high.

If high blood pressure is not controlled, it can lead to something called malignant hypertension, which is extremely high blood pressure.

Regular high blood pressure doesn’t always come with recognizable symptoms but malignant hypertension can cause you to be sick, feel nauseated, get dizzy or even experience pain around your eyes.  Sometimes you could even lose consciousness. Malignant hypertension can sometimes pop up unexpectedly but it is more commonly caused by the failure to properly treat high blood pressure that is only a little bit high.

If you have symptoms of malignant hypertension, prompt medical attention is needed. There are lots of symptoms of high blood pressure but most people don’t know they have it until it is discovered during an exam for something else.  It’s possible to get your blood pressure checked in most pharmacies but if you want your reading to be accurate you’ll have to check it a few different times.  If you have any of these symptoms of high blood pressure or, if you know you are already at risk due to other factors, you will need to make sure to talk to your doctor regularly and get your blood pressure checked often.