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Do You Have High Blood Pressure?: Symptoms to Watch For

HealthCentral Editorial Team Mar 26th, 2012 (updated Aug 5th, 2015)
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Known as the "silent killer," high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a cardiovascular disease that is difficult to detect. The symptoms and signs of high blood pressure are subtle. Undetected hypertension can lead to coronary heart disease, kidney failure, or stroke. Doctors suggest you check your blood pressure on a regular basis, even if you're feeling fine.

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Headache
Headache

Headaches can be symptoms of high blood pressure. Since they may seem minor and could be caused by other conditions, many people don't contact their doctor about it or are aware of the correlation with hypertension. 

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Nosebleeds
Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds usually aren't serious. However, if they are difficult to stop and occur in an elderly person, there's a risk that the bleeding is from atheorosclerosis, or plaque build-up in arteries, that is caused by high blood pressure.

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Stress
Stress

Stress is a risk factor for high blood pressure. One study found that men who had high scores on the stress scale were twice as likely to have hypertension than those who had normal levels. Job-related stress has been linked to high blood pressure in both men and women.

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Anger
Anger

Frequent anger is linked to hypertension. While the exact correlation is unknown, some doctors say increase adrenaline activates the nervous system and amp up blood pressure levels. Learning to tame your temper will reduce your high blood pressure.

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Chest Pain
Chest Pain

Extreme chest pain is a sign of the coronary arteries hardening and high blood pressure.