High Blood Pressure: What To Look Out For

high blood pressureThe information provided is from the American Heart Association

A common misunderstanding about high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is that it is largely a symptomless condition. If you do not pay attention to your blood pressure, or if you’re relying on symptoms to indicate a problem, then you are taking a dangerous risk with your life. When blood pressure readings soar to dangerously high levels more obvious symptoms may occur. Blood pressure this high is known as hypertensive crises and if reached, emergency medical treatment is needed.

High blood pressure is a chronic condition, and the damage it causes to blood vessels and organs generally occurs over years. However, it is possible for blood pressure to rise quickly and severely enough to be considered a hypertensive crisis. To reduce mortality in this situation, early evaluation of organ function and blood pressure elevations at these levels is critical to determine the appropriate management. Listed below are symptoms a person in hypertensive crisis may experience:

  • Extreme readings
  • Severe headaches
  • Severe anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

Being aware of your readings is extremely important, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure in your family. If you get a blood pressure reading of 180 or higher on top or 110 or higher on the bottom, and are having any symptoms of possible organ damage (chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, change in vision, difficulty speaking) do not wait to see if your pressure comes down on it’s own.

Everybody needs to know their blood pressure numbers in order to prevent high blood pressure from developing. Contact us with questions about your blood pressure or to schedule an appointment.

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