Hypertension:Signs and Symptoms
Are There Warning Signs Or High Blood Pressure Symptoms?
Hypertension is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ meaning that almost one-third of the people who suffer from high blood pressure have absolutely no clue about it. Most of the time there are no hypertension symptoms and that is the biggest worry as the person suffering from it may already have damage to some major organs such as heart, brain, arteries, and kidneys without being aware of it.
Regular blood pressure testing is the only conclusive way to make sure that your blood pressure is in the normal range.
Actually, hypertension happens when least expected, but if you pay attention to your body, it might send out some early signs of hypertension. Patients who have uncomplicated high blood pressure may experience:
- Blurring of vision
- Shortness of breath
The warning signs depend on the severity and duration of pressure so, patients who suffer from extremely high blood pressure the symptoms to watch out for would include:
- Severe headaches
- Chest pains
- Difficulty while breathing
- Irregular heartbeats
- Memory loss & confusion
- Pounding in the ears, neck or chest
Risks Of Uncontrolled Hypertension:
Ignoring the warning signs & symptoms could be dangerous to your health as uncontrolled hypertension increases the risk of severe damage to the body’s vital organs. Untreated high blood pressure can:
- Affect the arteries & heart which may lead to a heart attack
- Impair the function of kidneys leading to water retention, swelling in legs and in severe cases even kidney failure
- Affect the eyes causing vision damage
- Impede brain function which may result in dementia or a stroke
High blood pressure generally develops over a period of time, with causes of hypertension ranging from genetic history, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, consumption of alcohol, high sodium & low potassium diet, stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Fortunately for patients, high blood pressure can be detected early, treated, and monitored. To help control hypertension and avoid the consequences of high blood pressure, make sure you get your blood pressure checked regularly from your doctor. In addition, eat well, sleep well, exercise on a regular basis and lead a healthy life.
Consult Your Doctor To Find Out If You Have High Blood Pressure Or Hypertension
Note of caution: This article is for information purpose only. Always consult your doctor before altering any diet plans, medications or in case of any other blood pressure related troubles.