High Blood Pressure Symptoms

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A Doctor's View on High Blood Pressure Symptoms

Comment by William C. Shiel, Jr. MD, FACP, FACR

High blood pressure can have many sinister consequences. As a result, high blood pressure is known as "the silent killer." High blood pressure is medically referred to as hypertension.

Most commonly high blood pressure causes no symptoms at all. This means that people with high blood pressure can be having damage occur to their heart, kidneys, eyes, and circulation without feeling badly! It is very important, therefore, to have blood pressure testing as part of the routine physical examination. However, in people with uncomplicated high blood pressure, they may experience headache, blurred vision, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

The consequences of high blood pressure depend on the severity and the duration of the pressure, as well as the underlying medical condition of the individual affected. High blood pressure can affect the heart to cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart attack. High blood pressure can impair the function of the kidneys, leading to fluid retention and swelling of the legs, and even kidney failure. High blood pressure can affect the eyes, causing vision loss. High blood pressure can seriously affect the circulation causing pain in the legs with walking, cold feet, and stroke.

Fortunately, when high blood pressure is detected early, treated, and monitored, the consequences of high blood pressure can be avoided.

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REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Hypertension.


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