Unusual High Blood-Pressure Signs You Should Never Ignore

Posted by Editorial Staff in Health and Fitness On 23rd January 2018
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 70 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension. That’s one in every three. Even more alarming is about the same number are considered pre-hypertensive. Only 52% of people with high blood pressure have the condition under control and it’s estimated that 20% of Americans are not even aware they have high blood pressure.

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High blood pressure is often associated with few or no symptoms. Many people have it for years without knowing it. However, just because high blood pressure is often symptomless doesn't mean it is harmless. In fact, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hypertension, causes damage to your arteries. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular problems.

High blood pressure is generally a chronic condition. There are two major categories of high blood pressure (hypertension): secondary hypertension and primary hypertension.

Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that is the direct result of a separate health condition.

Primary hypertension (or essential hypertension) is high blood pressure that doesn’t result from a specific cause, but instead, develops gradually over time. Many such cases are attributed to hereditary factors.

Typically, the only way to know you have it is to get your blood pressure tested.

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Frequent Nosebleeds

If you have nosebleeds regularly that have no other causes then you should absolutely get your blood pressure checked.

Fatigue

If you have been feeling low either physically and mentally quite often, then instead of blaming long working hours and stress, it is wise to get your blood pressure checked.

Dizzy Spells

If you are constantly getting lightheaded or dizzy then there is something wrong with your blood pressure.

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Headaches

There is a wide range of reasons why you’d develop a headache, and one of them could be high blood pressure. However, research into the correlation between headaches and hypertension is ongoing, notes Healthline.com. “The verdict is out on whether or not high blood pressure can be proven to cause headaches,” it notes.

The source notes some studies have found a connection, while others have not. However, it explains that a “hypertentive crisis” can cause pressure in the head from a sudden spike in blood pressure. “The resulting headache feels unlike any other kind of migraine or head pain,” it adds.

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