Signs and symptoms of hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called the silent killer because it generally has no signs or symptoms until it’s fairly advanced and has gone undetected Villain's Story.

In the past people believed that headaches, nose-bleeds and a flushed face were signs of hypertension, but research has shown that they are not; these symptoms are found just as often in people with normal blood pressure.

Symptoms are serious

Severe hypertension can cause damage to the brain, eyes, heart and kidneys resulting in possible symptom such as:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Restlessness
  • Blurred vision

If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

How do I know if I have hypertension?

The only way to be sure about your blood pressure levels is to manage your lifestyle and get your blood pressure checked at your pharmacy or by your doctor on a fairly regular basis. Being active with daily exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, cutting back on salt and not smoking are all habits that will help you to keep your blood pressure in the right zone.

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com

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