Symptoms of High Blood Pressure: 3 Specific Signs to Monitor

by Alvin Hopkinson Patient Expert

High blood pressure or hypertension is a cardiovascular disease that is very difficult to detect. Medical professionals often diagnose high blood pressure when they are conducting regular annual checkups. The symptoms and signs of high blood pressure are extremely subtle; therefore, you may live with the disease for many years without knowing that you have it. Unfortunately, without detection, it can result in excruciating damage to your heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body.

The damage that high blood pressure induces often leads to coronary heart disease, kidney failure or stroke. Medical experts suggest that you obtain a blood pressure reading as often as possible even if you are feeling fine; especially if you are at risks. As you may know, high blood pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer" due to its lack of prominent symptoms. Coincidently, there are three phases of high blood pressure that can assist you with detecting a blood pressure crisis.

Physicians often attribute the following symptoms to high blood pressure, yet they may also occur within the general population. For this reason, many people would not consider contacting a doctor when they experience such symptoms.

  • Headache

  • Nosebleeds

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Consistent Anger

  • Dizziness

  • Light headiness

  • Red Face

Other signs of high blood pressure are more common and attribute to the damaging of vital organs.

  • Congestive heat failure causing fatigue or shortness of breath

  • Coronary hardening of the arteries which causes excruciating chest pain

  • Eyes experience visual disturbance

  • Brain is effected with a variety of symptoms of stroke

  • Kidneys are effected by Edema or swelling of lower body parts

The 3rd phase involves very uncommon signs of high blood pressure, which indicates that your blood pressure is extremely elevated.

  • Vomiting

  • Drowsiness

  • Nausea

  • Worsening headache

  • Confusion

  • Unconsciousness

  • Seizures

  • Visual Disturbance

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Alvin wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for High Blood Pressure.