Indicators and Signs of High Blood Pressure

Indicators and Signs of High Blood Pressure
Published on, 28 June, 2023. Answered by Dr. Yao-Ching Huang and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
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What are the indicators or signs that may suggest the presence of high blood pressure?


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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is often referred to as a silent killer because it typically does not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. However, there are certain signs and indicators that may suggest the presence of high blood pressure. These include: Headaches: While headaches are a common symptom for many conditions, persistent or severe headaches, especially in the morning, can sometimes be associated with high blood pressure. Dizziness or lightheadedness: Feeling dizzy or lightheaded, particularly when standing up suddenly, can be an indication of high blood pressure. Blurred vision: In some cases, high blood pressure can affect the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to blurred vision or changes in vision. Chest pain: Chest pain or discomfort may occur in individuals with extremely high blood pressure, but it is more commonly associated with other heart-related conditions. If you experience chest pain, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Fatigue or weakness: Persistent fatigue or weakness, especially without any obvious cause, can sometimes be related to high blood pressure. Shortness of breath: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath can occur if high blood pressure has caused heart-related complications. It is important to note that these signs and symptoms can also be associated with other health conditions, so it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. Additionally, the best way to detect high blood pressure is through regular blood pressure screenings conducted by a healthcare provider.



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