Recognizing Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common health problem that cardiologists can use to assess a person’s risk of heart disease and other heart health issues. Blood pressure is measured by determining the resistance to blood flow through the arteries and the amount of blood your heart can pump. High blood pressure can develop when the arteries become narrow, inhibiting blood flow. Cardiologists recommend having your blood pressure checked regularly, particularly if you also have other risk factors of heart disease.
Hypertension is often called the “silent killer” because countless people who have it do not realize it. This is because hypertension often does not cause symptoms until it is quite severe. Experiencing symptoms in the early stages of high blood pressure is a rare occurrence. However, when symptoms do occur, they may include dull headaches or the occasional nosebleed. You might also experience spells of dizziness.
Hypertensive Crisis Symptoms
When high blood pressure is left untreated , it may eventually develop into a hypertensive crisis. This is a life-threatening situation that occurs when the condition is severe enough to damage organs. It generally happens when blood pressure levels are higher than 180 systolic or 120 diastolic. This condition can cause symptoms such as a severe headache, shortness of breath, severe anxiety, and nosebleeds. Chest pain, vision problems, irregular heartbeat, bloody urine, confusion, and pounding in the ears or chest are other possible symptoms. If you do experience these symptoms, you require emergency medical care to prevent complications. These complications could include kidney failure, stroke, heart disease, and eye damage, in addition to eclampsia and pulmonary edema.
At Cardiac Solutions, our dedicated team members will work closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for high blood pressure, which may include medications in addition to lifestyle changes. You can schedule an evaluation with a board-certified cardiologist at our heart clinic by calling (623) 208-5305. We offer convenient locations in Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, and Peoria.