High blood pressure is a generally a chronic health condition that is associated with very few symptoms, if any at all. When symptoms do arise, the blood pressure spike can typically be considered a medical emergency. Experiencing the following symptoms, which tend to be rare, means you should see a doctor immediately. Just because high blood pressure can be symptomless, does not mean it is harmless. After all, there is a reason high blood pressure is deemed the Silent Killer.
1. Dizzy Spells
People with very high blood pressure can experience frequent dizzy spells. Many are prone to writing off this symptom as something else, but it is imperative that you do not. If you are at risk, ignoring a dizzy spell could ultimately be a death sentence. High blood pressure can be attributed to heart failure, and when you experience dizziness, you are experiencing a spike or drop in blood pressure that could severely damage your heart.
A simple headache can be a sign of dangerously high blood pressure, or what can also be known as a hypertensive crisis. It is not completely known what about high blood pressure causes headaches, but there is ongoing researching involving to correlation between the two.
Nosebleeds, which are medically recognized as epistaxis, can be caused by a number of things, such as injury, infections, allergies etc. However, they are also another sign of dangerously high blood pressure (or a hypertensive crisis). When your body experiences a rapid increase in blood pressure, blood vessels in your nose can sometimes burst, which leads to what we know as a “nose bleed.”
Contrary to popular belief, anxiety does NOT cause high blood pressure, but rather anxiety can cause temporary spikes in your blood pressure. These temporary spikes can lead to damage to your blood vessels, heart and kidneys. Anxiety can also be a symptom of the dreaded silent killer, as on the flip side, high blood pressure can cause panic attacks that begin physically and evolve mentally, or vice versa.
5. Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath when performing everyday activities is typically the first symptom of pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure. If you find yourself gasping for breath because of simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs, you need to see your doctor right away, as you could be a victim of high blood pressure.
All of us are familiar with fatigue! It’s simply part of being a hard working individual. However, if you find yourself experiencing chronic, ongoing fatigue, it could be an indication of high blood pressure. Chronic fatigue is lingering and can be incredibly limiting. If you are feeling this way, it is not normal, and should see a doctor right away.
7. Vision Problems
Vision problems are also a common symptom that can be associated with dangerously high blood pressure. High blood pressures spikes can cause serious damage to the blood vessels that supply blood to your retinas. If you are experiencing blurred vision, and are at risk for high blood pressure, you should seek medical attention immediately, as you could have severely high blood pressure that should be addressed right away.
8. Irregular Heartbeat
While an occasional influx in heart rate is normal, feeling consistent “fluttering” or feeling your heart “skipping a beat” is abnormal. In fact, an irregular heartbeat is another sign that you may be experiencing high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to irregular heartbeat because your heart attempts to work overtime to compensate for the increase in pressure.
9. Blood in Urine
Seeing blood in your urine can be quite a frightening sight! While it can mean many things, it is indeed another symptom of high blood pressure. Unfortunately, high blood pressure can cause damage to the kidneys, and if your kidneys are damaged, you will likely urinate blood. It is advised to se a doctor immediately.
10. Chest Pain
Chest pains are another sign that you may be experiencing extremely high blood pressure. If you experience any serious chest pains, especially in conjunction with any other symptoms we’ve discussed, you are likely experiencing high blood pressure.