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10 Common Symptoms of High Blood Pressure


High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when force of your blood against your artery walls is too high. High blood pressure is defined as blood pressure above 130/80, and extremely high when above 180/120.

High blood pressure is very common, with more than 3 million cases diagnosed each year in the United States. High blood pressure may present no symptoms. But over time, when left untreated, it can lead to heart disease and strokes. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and prescribed medications can lower and maintain your blood pressure.

Symptom 1: Headache

Do you have a headache? But not sure why?

You may get a severe headache if your blood pressure is extremely high. You should seek medical care when it gets too severe. A headache can be a warning sign that you do have high blood pressure and need treatment for it.

Symptom 2: Nausea/Vomiting

Are you nauseated? Do you feel like you need to vomit?

High blood pressure can cause nausea and vomiting.

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Symptom 3: Dizziness

Are you dizzy? Feel faint? Lightheaded?

If you feel dizzy, it could be due to blood flow to your brain being diminished. Also, medications you take to treat your high blood pressure can cause dizziness.

Symptom 4: Vision Changes

Has your vision changed? Is it blurry? Do you have double vision?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Like other vessels, they, too, can be damaged by high blood pressure: Eye blood vessel damage (retinopathy). High blood pressure can damage the vessels supplying blood to your retina, causing retinopathy. This condition can lead to bleeding in the eye, blurred vision and complete loss of vision.”

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Symptom 5: Nosebleed

Do you get nosebleeds? When your blood pressure is extremely high, you may experience nosebleeds more often.

High blood pressure only intensifies the amount of blood and longevity of your nosebleed.

Symptom 6: Irregular Heartbeat/Palpitations

Do you have an irregular heartbeat? Do you experience palpitations or fluttering in your chest? Does your heart beat too hard or fast? Does it skip a beat? Heart palpitations can happen in your chest, throat, or neck.

According to a post on HealthCentral.com, “I have high blood pressure, but I do not know the cause. I have been feeling like my heart is pumping way too hard sometimes for no reason. My heart rate is normal most of the time, but the actual beats feel forceful.”

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Symptom 7: Breathlessness

Is it hard to catch your breath? Especially when climbing stairs or performing routine tasks and activities?

According to ShareCare.com, “...over time, high blood pressure can cause thickening and stiffening of the heart wall and eventually shortness of breath.”

Symptom 8: Fatigue

Are you really tired? Even after a full night's sleep? Do you snore? Lack energy? Weak?

High blood pressure can cause fatigue. Also, medications that treat high blood pressure can cause fatigue.

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Symptom 9: Mood Changes

Does your mood change often? Are you more irritable? Depressed? It could be due to high blood pressure, or from the medications you take to control your blood pressure.

However, according to Livescience.com, “People with high blood pressure have more trouble than others in picking up emotional cues, a new study finds. Researchers reported that people with high blood pressure were less reactive when shown photographs and text passages meant to trigger emotions including fear, anger and happiness.”

Symptom 10: Lethargy

Do you lack energy? Feel unmotivated? Do you basically feel like doing nothing?

High blood pressure can cause lethargy.

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