13. January 2014 · Comments Off on Symptoms of High Blood Pressure · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

High blood pressure or hypertension is usually termed as “the silent killer” because it shows no noticeable symptoms that can prove fatal to the person having this disease. High blood pressure can also result in kidney damage or loss of vision. The only way to ascertain if you have high blood pressure is if your doctor uses a sphygmomanometer to measure your blood pressure and see if your readings are higher than the normal blood pressure levels.

 

Dyspnea and Headaches

 

Dyspnea or breathing difficulty and headaches are often felt by people who have blood pressures reaching 180/120 mmHg and above although a lot of people who have normal blood pressure levels may have these problems as well. Practically every individual will or have experienced headaches due to various factors like infections, tension or anxiety to mention a few. To determine whether dyspnea and headaches is caused by high blood pressure or something else, the physician will monitor your blood pressure first before ruling out or diagnosing you with high blood pressure. Headaches suffered by someone with high blood pressure is a dangerous sign of impending damage to the blood vessels in the retina or the brain and may entail immediate implementation of blood pressure management to impede major or even fatal complications. Difficulty in breathing is often caused by excess weight or obesity. However, if your blood pressure suddenly falls involuntary or if it has risen beyond any control, then your dyspnea may likely be an indication of early heart failure.

 

High blood pressure can heighten the risk of massive arterial bleeding in the retina that can cause loss of sight or extensive arterial bleeding in the brain which cause stroke. The likelihood of experiencing this is further upped when people who have blood pressure reach 50 yrs old and above. These are valid reasons why doctors call for immediate treatment for their older patients with high blood pressure.

 

Subconjunctival Hemorrhages and Nose Bleeds

 

Subconjunctival hemorrhages and nose bleeding do often happen in individuals experiencing high blood pressure. These symptoms are quite common and not need be causes for alarm. The term subconjunctival hemorrhages may sound a bit fearful but are simply a tiny amount of bleeding seen in the white part of your eye. They may manifest during typical bodily functions like straining during stool passing, sneezing or coughing and is seen as a tiny red part on the white of the eye. They usually banish after a few weeks. Subconjunctival hemorrhages are innocuous symptoms that are totally unrelated to retinal hemorrhages. When you suffer from high blood pressure, the blood vessels in your nose can rupture during a bout of high blood pressure leading to a nosebleed.

 

Hyperventilation

 

The above symptom is both suffered by people with high blood pressure and anxiety. When it manifests in a person already diagnosed with high blood pressure, it unfortunately can only add to the worries of anxious people who have high blood pressure.

 

Oftentimes the symptoms of people diagnosed with high blood pressure are different from person to person. It is not advisable to diagnose yourself with high blood pressure and you need to consult with your doctor to better assess your overall health and to make sure you don’t suffer from any underlying cause that may be causing your symptoms.

 

If you think you have high blood pressure here are some other symptoms to watch out for:

 

  • Weak vision
  • Poor sexual appetite or desire
  • Emesis or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tinnitus
  • Pounding in the ears, neck or chest
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the chest

 

Any of these symptoms should prompt you to see a doctor as soon as possible since they may indicate that you are experiencing a hypertensive crisis that eventually can result in a stroke or heart attack.

 

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