A friend of mine was stressed the other day.
Her mother experienced headaches, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
She went to bed the night, taking a pill for her headaches, and the next day she woke up with similar and, even more, severe symptoms.
She couldn’t take it anymore, she went to the doctor. And luckily for her, the visit saved her life.
Now how is that? Usually, people do not know they have high blood pressure until it is too late.
My friend’s mother had 160 with 105 mmHg.
Now that is extremely high blood pressure, and if she waited a day or two longer, she would probably experience a stroke and I would be at a funeral.
What I want to tell you is that no matter how common, some symptoms are a red alert to visit the doctor.
High Blood Pressure Symptoms
Sometimes, your high blood pressure can go undetected for years.
That is if you are not having regular checkups at your physician.
The symptoms, at least, those severe ones, do not appear until your body is severely damaged.
That is why some of the common symptoms are a sign to check with your doctor and see what you can do to regulate your high blood pressure.
The common high blood pressure symptoms are the following: a persistent headache, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, vomiting, blurred or double vision.
Now, having just one of the symptoms is usually nothing to panic about.
However, if you have two or multiple symptoms at the same time, visit the doctor.
Pregnancy and Other Risks
Now, as I mentioned, having regular checks at the doctor is essential for noticing high blood pressure and its symptoms.
Once a year is more than enough. However, if you are pregnant, or you belong in one of the risk categories, you need more constant checkups.
Checking the blood pressure during pregnancy is vital, even if you haven’t experienced high blood pressure symptoms.
Monitoring the blood pressure during pregnancy is vital for avoiding complications such as pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure).
Other risk groups include people over 40, and people with conditions that contribute to high blood pressure such as obesity, sodium and potassium rich diet, smoking, and family history.
As I mentioned previously, ignoring the symptoms of high blood pressure can lead to serious complications for your life.
Here are some of the complications that occur as a result of high blood pressure:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Heart Failure
- Heart Attack
- Cognitive Changes
- Eye Damage
- Peripheral Arterial Disease