Hypertension (aka High Blood Pressure) is known as the silent killer.

Signs and symptoms can go unnoticed or unchecked for far too long, leaving individuals in potential dire health circumstances.

Untreated hypertension can lead to:


– strokes
– heart attacks
– kidney damage
– vision loss
– impaired cardiac function (damage to heart and arteries)
– angina
– erectile dysfunction
– peripheral artery disease

Whether you think you are at risk or not, it’s important that one know both common and hidden hypertension symptoms. You or your loved one’s life may depend on it.

What is Blood Pressure and what is normal?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the heart as your heard pumps blood. This force or pressure is measured as one metric of a healthy heart.

Blood pressure is read in terms of systolic (the force of blood being pumped) and diastolic (pressure within the heart between beats). You’ll see these numbers spoken or written as systolic over diastolic.

A normal blood pressure reading is about 120/80.

Some people may run slightly lower or higher but for the most part health professionals like to see a reading close to this range.

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When blood pressure starts to creep upwards to 140/90 this is the hypertensive range and is an indicator that your heart is working too hard!

Certainly there are times during the day, perhaps in stressful, anxious, nervous and situations.

For example: when our blood pressure may rise temporarily but returns to normal once we have moved past that situation.

It is a problem when a normal, relaxed state that one’s blood pressure reading is consistently around of over 140/90.

Common hypertension symptoms

When people thing of high blood pressure some signs that come to mind are dizziness, headaches, nosebleeds and blood spots in the eyes.

Other common symptoms could be: pounding in the chest, neck and ears, breathing difficulty, chest pain, irregular heartbeat and severe headache. These can be present in a hypertensive crisis (BP reading 180/110) and need to be addressed immediately.

Hidden symptoms

Hypertension often goes largely unnoticed as many of the symptoms can mirror normal or other health conditions.

Symptoms such as nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, breathing difficulty and facial flushing can also mirror many other health conditions that perhaps have no effect on the heart.

This is why hypertension is something that is so confusing to many and largely goes unnoticed and unfortunately untreated.

How can I assess my symptoms?

Being proactive about your health care is the first step to assess your hypertensive risk.

The only way hypertension can be firmly diagnosed is by checking the blood pressure routinely.

It’s extremely important that if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above you seek medical attention. Also, it’s important to keep up with preventative care visits with your medical provider.

This is an opportunity to detect and possibly catch health concerns, such as hypertension and risk of developing. Family history can be an indicator of hypertensive risk therefore, talk to you immediate family about their health.

Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can lead to other severe conditions and even death.

Pay attention to your body and listen to what it is trying to tell you. You know your body best and if something is not right seek medical attention.

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