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What Symptoms Typically Go Along With Chronic High Blood Pressure
There are none: Hypertension (high blood pressure) typically has no symptoms. This is one of the things that makes it hard to treat. We treat hypertension to prevent strokes, heart and kidney disease. It is frequently involved in diabetes and obesity. People with obstructive sleep apnea often have high blood pressure. While it is associated with all of these diseases, it has no symptoms of its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
I go to the doctor regular and im 21 weeks preg.I have chronic high blood pressure and take methyldopa twice a day..Could severe preeclamsia occur suddenly and me not know it or would there most likely be symptoms?
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. ...Read more
Insidious: Chronic uncontrolled high blood pressure may produce no symptoms until a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, dementia, peripheral arterial disease, or kidney failure appear. Lifestyle and pharmacologic therapies are very effective in controlling the BP and the commensurate reduction in risk. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few blood tests: In addition to monitoring your blood pressure, you should have your cholesterol and blood sugar checked as high cholesterol and diabetes go along with high blood pressure often. Kidney function should also be monitored over time. A baseline ekg is helpful as well. An echocardiogram may be needed later in life to evaluate for heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Chronic high blood pressure [or hypertension] is persistance of high blood pressure on repeated readings by a health proffessional and generally needs evaluation and treatment to lower it by non medical measures and mesications to acceptable levels to prevent complications due to the effect of HTN on various organs of the body like kidney, heart and brain. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What symptoms or signs would tell a person that they have high blood pressure without going to a doctor or drug store?
Varies - Often None: High blood pressure or hypertension is without symptoms in the majority of patients. One may have dull headaches, shortness of breath, dizzy spells, or more occasional nose bleeds. The major casualty of hypertension results from the longstanding effects of hypertension on the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys, this more likely when blood pressure is very uncontrolled (>180/120 vs 135/85). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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