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Hypertension: Are There Symptoms?

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Most people with hypertension experience no symptoms, and, as a result, the condition may go undetected unless you visit your doctor regularly to have your blood pressure measured. In some people, however, symptoms such as headaches may occur—typically a dull pain in the back of the head on waking in the morning.

Sometimes, hypertension is first detected when one of the following complications of high blood pressure occurs:

  • Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a ministroke
  • Heart problems like chest pain, heart attack or heart failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease (blockages of blood vessels in the legs that cause pain in the leg muscles with physical activity)
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision problems such as blurring
  • A hypertensive crisis, when blood pressure reaches very high levels, is another situation in which symptoms can arise. Fortunately, it is uncommon, occurring in less than 1 percent of people with hypertension. People who abruptly stop their blood pressure medication are at risk. Symptoms of a hypertensive crisis include headache, nosebleed, chest pain, shortness of breath, seizures, back pain, confusion, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. When a hypertensive crisis is suspected, call an ambulance immediately. 


Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on April 3, 2016

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