What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most 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.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

Edtrina Moss
Ambulatory Care Specialist

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) often causes no symptoms, even if severe. You can have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. That is why it is called a silent killer. The only way you can tell if your blood pressure is too high is to have it measured.

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