High blood pressure symptoms are not easy to spot. However, if you have headaches, dizziness or blurred vision your blood pressure may be high and you should get it checked. Continuing headaches and an instance of a severe headache coupled with blurred vision is what sent The Ol' Boomer to a doctor in my late 30's and the first thing he did was check my blood pressure, found out it was high and put me on medication. It has been under control ever since.
However, the headaches, dizziness or blurred vision do not always mean you have high blood pressure symptoms. They could be caused by other medical conditions. So, don't attempt to self diagnose. Okay?
Here's what the Merck Manual of Medical Information says about high blood pressure symptoms -
most people, high blood pressure causes no symptoms. despite the
coincidental occurence of certain symptoms that are widely, but
erroneously, associated with high blood pressure: headaches,
nosebleeds, dizziness, a flushed face, and fatigue. People with high
blood pressure may have these symptoms, but the symptoms occur
just as frequently in people with normal blood pressure."
Beers, Mark H. MD, Editor-in-Chief, The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Whitehouse Station, NJ, p.134, 2nd Home ed. 2003.
In most cases the only high blood pressure symptoms that are noticeable are those symptoms that develop due to the damage caused by high blood pressure (or hypertension as it is frequently called). Unfortunately, by the time these other symptoms are diagnosed, irreversible damage to a Baby Boomers arteries or other organs have probably occurred! That's how hypertension came to be known as "the silent killer" as it can cause you to have a fatal stroke or heart attack without any warning.
Why Baby Boomers Should Be Aware of High Blood Pressure
I've found a couple of short 3 minute videos that will help you to better understand high blood pressure and its effects. I suggest you take a few minutes and view these in sequence to get a better "handle" on this silent killer of we Baby Boomers as well as its effects on your life!
And here are some troubling facts about high blood pressure...
The Causes of High Blood Pressure
This will blow your mind but...medical science doesn't specifically know the causes of high blood pressure!
I kid you not, 90% of the people diagnosed have what is called primary high blood pressure or essential hypertension and although there are conditions that are common to some Baby Boomers, there is not enough statistical correlation for medical researchers to draw definite conclusions for the causes of high blood pressure (HBP).
However, medical experts do have a handle on what causes secondary high blood pressure. Yet that is only about 10% of the cases. These medical conditions are: kidney disorder, hormonal disorder, certain drugs (even excessive amounts of licorice), arteriosclerosis and several others.But, fortunately, medical experts do have a pretty good handle on the risk factors for high blood pressure.
Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure
Researchers have determined that lifestyle and genetics can play a significant role in the development of high blood pressure. Below are some of the more common conditions that show up in studies:
As you can see, Boomer, knowing your high blood pressure is critical to protecting yourself from serious long-term health consequences.
you haven't had your BP check recently, do get it done soon and if you
have been diagnosed with it, do follow your doctors orders for not only
your personal well being but also for those who care about and/or are
dependent on you!
And here's a short video about how one British couple is dealing with Mister's HBP
For Further Information
You may want to check out our pages about how eye exams can reveal high blood pressure symptoms as well as high blood pressure treatment and medications.
If you want to dig even deeper into HBP the Mayo Clinic will likely provide you with all the information you could want.
Do you have knowledge or experience with this subject that may be of help to others? Please, Share Your Thoughts with all of us.
Thank you, the Ol' Boomer.
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