Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Symptoms of high blood pressure usually do not develop over days, weeks, or months. It often takes years for symptoms to become noticeable. People who exhibit high blood pressure symptoms may experience nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision. About 1 percent of people with hypertension do not seek medical care until their symptoms become severe.

An Introduction to Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Most people with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) don't experience any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn't cause problems over a day or weeks or even months. It usually takes several years for high blood pressure to cause noticeable problems; even then, the symptoms of high blood pressure are often mild and nonspecific (meaning they could be caused by several different conditions). For this reason, high blood pressure is often referred to as "the silent killer." People with the condition typically don't even realize they have it until they have blood pressure readings that are too high.

Common High Blood Pressure Symptoms

In some cases, a person can have symptoms of high blood pressure. These symptoms include:
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea.
However, many people don't seek medical care until they have more severe symptoms from the organ damage that long-term (chronic) high blood pressure can cause.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure: Malignant Hypertension

About 1 percent of people with hypertension do not seek medical care until their symptoms of high blood pressure are severe. Severe high blood pressure is referred to as malignant hypertension. In malignant hypertension, the diastolic blood pressure (the lower number of a blood pressure reading) often exceeds 140 mmHg. People with symptoms of this type of blood pressure may experience:
When high blood pressure becomes this severe, a person requires immediate hospitalization and lowering of blood pressure to prevent brain bleeding or stroke.
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