Which symptoms of high blood pressure in women are easiest to spot? This can be difficult to answer since lots of time there aren’t any early warning signs. This is just one reason that it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly, especially if you have passed the age of forty. However, in some cases high blood pressure does have symptoms or warning signs, such as the ones we’ll be discussing below. The treatment for your case of high blood pressure will be based on your medical history as well as the severity of your symptoms.
For those who suffer from frequent headaches, you may have been told that this comes from your hypertension, however many cases never experience headaches. People with extremely high blood pressure are likely to have headaches that are accompanied by blurred vision, but this is when the problem has reached a dangerous point and there is damage to the eyes. Scientifically there is no link between headaches and high blood pressure. On average though, it is less likely for someone with hypertension to suffer from headaches. It is not a safe assumption that if you are not experiencing headaches you do not have hypertension and if you do have frequent headaches you should visit your doctor.
Regardless if you have other obvious symptoms or not, leading a stressful life or allowing yourself to get easily angered or frustrated could put you at greater risk for high blood pressure. High blood pressure as well as heart disease is often found in those who have Type A personalities. One of the early signs of high blood pressure can be deduced to be stress. Even if your job or lifestyle tends to be stressful, there are ways to control this and learn how to relax. Prevent your blood pressure from rising this way.
High blood pressures most serious problems involve heart related ailments or it can lead to a heart attack. Shortness of breath or chest pains are both common symptoms of heart problems and require immediate medical attention.
Disorders related to the heart often show themselves through breathing problems. Early stages of high blood pressure are treatable so that you can avoid these serious consequences. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world today, and high blood pressure is one of the warning signs.
If you have high blood pressure you might start to notice signs that your numbers have reached terrible levels. You are in a far better position to control your problem if you find out about it before it reaches life threatening levels. If any of the signs or symptoms of hypertension that we talked about in this article start to appear for you, consult your physician because you might need medication or, more likely, your doctor will teach you how to treat the hypertension naturally. What is most important is that you take this problem seriously and that you make all of the changes you need to make to keep it under control.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms: When the Silent Killer (Hypertension) Speaks Loud
Author: uzo onukwugha
Many people who suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) may not complain of any symptoms. This is the reason why high blood pressure is called the silent killer because it appears to give no specific symptoms or warning signals before it strikes its victim. This is the case with majority of high blood pressure patients even after a protracted period. Hypertension itself is not a specific disease but a vital sign that your health is in trouble! Hypertension as such is a systemic disease. High blood pressure is another instance where lack of symptoms does not mean lack of problems. Routine medical tests may even be normal and that does not rule out hypertension. Because of this, many hypertension sufferers decide to do nothing about it, hoping that high blood pressure will go the way it came. Of course, this does not happen. Half of those who decide to seek medical help and treat their hypertension experience symptoms of anti-hypertensive side effects. This is why many hypertension sufferers stop taking their blood pressure lowering medications.
However, in about one third of cases, hypertension may present with obvious symptoms when there is dangerous and sustained elevation of blood pressure or when there are complications. Presenting symptoms of hypertension may occur with or without end organ damage. Here are the list symptoms of high blood pressure you should watch our for:
- Headaches. Presenting headaches may take any form, but it is usually pounding vascular headache. It may even resemble migraine headache.
- Chest tightness, pressures, or chest pain (angina) radiating to the shoulders or arms.
- Heart palpitations, or racing heart beats.
- Drowsiness, forgetfulness, or mental confusion.
- Dizziness or ringing in the ears
- Fatigue or low tolerance for exercise
- Nose bleeding.
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet. Sometimes hypertension may present as pain in the legs due to intermittent claudication or Reynaud’s phenomenon.
- Loss of consciousness or sudden falls.
- Sudden death may be the only presenting symptom of dangerously elevated blood pressure.
Other symptoms of hypertension depend on specific end organ compromise. For instance, if there is cardiac failure, the complaint include breathlessness, fatigue, leg swelling, and epigastric pain.
When it comes to hypertension, the old saying is true, “to be forewarned is to be forearmed.” Please check your blood pressure at least three times in a year. This is particularly necessary if you have family history of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. This is because inflammation, oxidation, atherosclerosis and glomerulosclerosis can go on for many years before hypertension manifests with overt symptoms. This may also apply to people who are 30 and above. Thirty is about the time people deplete their enzyme bank account and poor nutritional habits, abusive lifestyle and chronic inflammation begin to catch up on them.
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Use These Treatments to Control Hypertension
While high blood pressure could can be cause for concern, keep in mind that there are many remedies and treatments available. It may be a simple fix like exercising or cutting junk food out of your diet or quitting smoking. For help with high blood pressure, that isn’t solved by traditional fixes, there are many less known remedies available. Your high blood pressure can be reduced if you try some of these following methods.
Losing weight is one method of reducing your blood pressure. If you are overweight or obese there is a higher likelihood that you will suffer from heart disease as well as high blood pressure.
While there are many diets you can go on, some more effective than others, you also have to get enough physical activity so you burn off the calories you want to lose. When you want to diet, it is important that you focus on eating healthier foods in smaller portions. Getting more exercise and losing weight can certainly help you reduce your blood pressure but if it starts out very high then you might need medication to help you regulate it.
Another option for reducing your blood pressure is through practicing yoga, breathing exercises, qi gong or any exercise that is designed to reduce your stress. Proper breathing is important for you to keep healthy levels of oxygen in your blood system, and this can be learned through meditation classes or DVDs or even online programs. An added bonus to learning proper breathing techniques is weight loss when you choose vigorous forms of yoga. Exercises or practices, regardless of what they are as long as they help you relax, can be helpful to lower your blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is caused by something else or if your hypertension is extreme you might need to have your doctor prescribe you some medication. Most of the time you are able to lower your blood pressure with natural remedies but if it is at a dangerous level, your doctor should treat it right away. Another reason to seek medical attention for rapid blood pressure increases is when you are pregnant. Blood pressure medication can lower your blood pressure down to a safe level and that can help you manage the levels naturally over time so that it doesn’t go back up again.
It might be hard to get your blood pressure to lower but it is impossible if you don’t take healthy steps to do so. Lots of times it’s merely a matter of making a couple of changes in key areas of your life like your diet as well as cutting down on your stress and getting more exercise. The tips in this article can help you control the level of your blood pressure but only if you do them on a regular basis.