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what are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
May be none: High blood pressure, hbp or hypertension, is often called the silent killer since it may produce no symptoms per se, yet still contribute to the development of potentially lethal complications of hypertension, such as coronary artery disease, strokes, heart failure, aortic aneurysms and kidney failure. Symptoms arise from the consequences of those conditions, even though the causal hbp had none.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Mostly none but....: In most cases no symptoms and this is a problem because it can lurk up on you and cause heart and kidney disease as well as stroke. Some people may feel flushed, dizzy, pounding sensation in head and headache. Severe high blood pressure can also cause chest pain, shortness of breath, blurring of vision and confusion.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
To diagnose high blood pressure one needs to have the most accurate device that can be found. This is still a BP taken by a trained human listening to the BP and using a calibrated manometer. i never trust an automated device for my patient unless i can validate it as accurate by auscultation. Not the BP is not being taken with pt seated in chair = false high BP
Nov 10, 2016
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
HBP symptoms: Almost all with HTN have no symptoms till have stroke, heart or kidney failure, or heart attack or die suddenly. This is the reason it is called the silent killer. What we do know is that the higher it is the sooner you die and the greater percent of the time you live you suffer from CVD before you die. We know treating HTN makes you live longer and suffer less from CVD. If high get treated.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Funny: As far as symptoms go - if your lucky - its a headache - lucky b/c you might go to a doc and check your pressure - otherwise the "silent killer" is usually true to form and has no real symptoms -.
Dr. Jason Klein
Cardiology 17 years experience
Usually none: Usually elevated blood pressure does not have any symptoms. In severe cases, it can cause headache, chest pain, or dizziness.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
May be nothing until: For many years, hypertension is unknown as a silent killer..Because it typically does not have easily recognizable symptoms until late..Such as severe headaches, strokes, heart attacks etc..Chronic hypertension is known to cause atherosclerosis, increases risk of heart attacks/strokes etc..Thus recommended to be treated adequately. So, don't wait for symptoms. Consult your doc early. Good luck.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Ususally none: Which is a huge part of the problem. In extreme cases patients will often note headache.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
To diagnose high blood pressure one needs to have the most accurate device that can be found. This is still a BP taken by a trained human listening to the BP and using a calibrated manometer. i never trust an automated device for my patient unless i can validate it as accurate by auscultation. Note the errors made in this photo. The pt is supporting arm and cuff in wrong place = false BP.
Nov 10, 2016
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Sx of HBP: usually there are none. That is the reason I if called the silent killer.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
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Please ignore this picture which shows BP being done incorrectly. The system inserted this picture and I am trying to get it corrected
Sep 3, 2015
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Hypertension: Commonest symptom is none.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Generally none: In most cases, you cannot feel your elevated BP even though anecdotally, people think they do. In a hypertensive crisis (bp ranging around >200/>110, more likely >240/>120), one may have confusion (encephalopathy), shortness of breath (heart failure) or chest discomfort (angina). Acute renal failure, which you can't feel, also occurs.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
HBP symptoms: Almost all with HTN have no symptoms till have stroke, heart or kidney failure, or heart attack or die suddenly. This is the reason it is called the silent killer. What we do know is that the higher it is the sooner you die and the greater percent of the time you live you suffer from CVD before you die. We know treating HTN makes you live longer and suffer less from CVD. If high get treated.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of High blood pressure include:: Retinopathy, Kidney problems, Erectile dysfunction, Heart diseases, Stroke, Headache, Visual changes, Difficulty breathing, Chest pain.

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None: The most common symptom of high blood pressure is no symptoms. By the time someone has symptoms such as headache, chest pain or shortness of breath, hypertension has been present for a long time. The only way to know how you're doing with your blood pressure is to get it accurately measured. You cannot tell how you're doing by how you feel. Because of this get your pressure checked regularly!
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May be none: Uncomplicated high blood pressure is often asymptomatic. There may be vague symptoms of headache and if the blood pressure becomes too high, changes in mental status. Most of the symptoms arise from the complications, e.g., heart failure, myocardial infarction, renal failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease etc.
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Dr. Nathan Ritter
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Usually none: Most people with high BP dont get symptoms, until they have a heart attack or a stroke (part of brain dies from bleeding into it). That is why high blood pressure is called the "silent killer." however, some people have headache, blurry vision, chest pain, or out of breath with very high blood pressure.
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Dr. Robert Nelson
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None reliable...: There are few reliable, predictable symptoms of high blood pressure unless it is extremely high or 'too late'. For instance, if way too high, the eyes and brain don't like it and the retina of the eye can thicken or hemorrhage causing visual loss or distortion. Mental status changes and headaches can ensue. At worst, stroke. Mild high blood pressure has no reliable symptoms, so get it checked!

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