Early Warning Signs Your Blood Pressure is Dangerously High (1 in 5 Don’t Know They Have It!)

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Age, race, family history, weight, diet and habits can all play a role in the development of the condition, but the most common cause is the buildup of arterial plaque cause by a high-fat and high-sodium diet.

Other causes include(4):

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Kidney problems
  • Adrenal gland tumors
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain defects in blood vessels you’re born with (congenital)
  • Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
  • Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
  • Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use

Over time, hypertension can lead to serious medical conditions such as (5) :

  • chronic heart failure
  • metabolic syndrome
  • eye problems
  • aneurysm
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • memory issues

Early Warning Signs of Hypertension

Often times, people with high blood pressure experience no clear-cut symptoms until the condition has reached a severe or life-threatening stage, even when their blood pressure readings reach excessively high levels.

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Unfortunately, the most common symptoms are easily mistaken from other conditions and just plain aging. These include:

  • confusion
  • chest pains
  • irregular heartbeat
  • vision issues
  • ear buzzing
  • fatigue

More obvious symptoms, like headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping and facial flushing, can actually indicate hypertensive crisis, a severe and sometimes fatal manifestation of the disease (6).

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