Typically, high blood pressure doesn't have any symptoms. However, if left untreated it can cause a lot of damage to your organs and that may cause symptoms like headaches, vomiting and fatigue. Your doctor usually checks your blood pressure every time you come in and if you don't go for a check up at least twice a year, you may want to reconsider. Catching your high blood pressure early will allow you to treat it and lessen the chance that it will cause serious damage.
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Piedmont Heart Institute answeredHelpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Scripps Health answered
Unfortunately, high blood pressure has few, if any, symptoms. As a result, regular testing at a doctor’s office (or using a home device if recommended) is important. The higher the pressure, the greater the risk for heart disease and stroke.
Sameer A. Sayeed, MD, Cardiology, answeredHigh blood pressure can and usually goes unnoticed as there are usually few or no symptoms associated with it unless it is very high. This is why it so dangerous. It can be present for a long period of time and go unnoticed, while causing damage to the organs in the body, and symptoms only develop once there is some end-organ damage such as damage to the heart, kidneys, brain or major blood vessels. If blood pressure is very high, symptoms such as dizziness, headache, flushing and rapid heart rate may be present, but in most routine cases of high blood pressure, again, these tend to be asymptomatic.
Hypertension or "high blood pressure" is often called the 'silent killer.' Usually symptoms of hypertension don't manifest until the blood pressure is nearly life threatening. Unmanaged or uncontrolled hypertension over time can provide subtle clues that something is wrong. One common symptom is frequent headaches that are unmanaged by regular analgesics. Another symptom could be fatigue.
There is great news! Frequent checkups with your healthcare provider will help identify the early signs of hypertension. This will give you and your healthcare team a greater chance of controlling and managing the disease before extensive loss to vital organs occur.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is called the silent killer because an individual can have it for years without knowing it. Hypertension rarely causes symptoms at first but is a risk factor for many other conditions including kidney disease and coronary heart disease, which may lead to heart attack and/or stroke (lack of blood and oxygen to the tissues).
Although it rarely happens, hypertension occasionally causes symptoms such as vertigo (dizziness), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dimmed vision, fatigue (tiredness), palpitations (irregular heart beat), impotence (inability of males to achieve or maintain erection), and fainting. Extremely elevated blood pressure can cause a headache upon awakening or, even more rarely, nosebleed, nausea, or vomiting.
Hypertensive emergency (malignant hypertension) can be life threatening and has recognizable symptoms that require immediate treatment. Symptoms include blurred vision, headache, confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, fatigue (tiredness), nausea, vomiting, chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, cough, decreased urinary output, and weakness or numbness in the arms, legs, face, or other areas.
If symptoms of malignant hypertension are noticed, call 911 emergency immediately.
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredRarely, people with high blood pressure may have dizziness, headaches, or nose bleeds. However, most people have no signs or symptoms. For this reason, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly even if you're feeling fine.
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredIn most cases, high blood pressure, also called hypertension, has no symptoms or warning signs unless it has reached a life-threatening stage. Most people find out their blood pressure is too high through visiting their doctors. Severe hypertension can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting, but this is rare.
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredMost people have no unusual feelings with high blood pressure. Unlike other health conditions, there is no major symptom of high blood pressure that indicates you have a serious health problem until you have a major heart attack or stroke. Or if you are lucky, your doctor will check your blood pressure at a routine check-up and alert you to the problem of hypertension and the need for treatment.
Use caution with high blood pressure. Once you have hypertension, it usually stays with you for a lifetime. But if you fail to seek treatment for hypertension, you will pay the price with an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, kidney disease, stroke, blindness and other very serious illnesses.