High Blood Pressure Symptoms

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 -

   "In 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...

  • In the United States alone, it is estimated that HBP is directly related for in excess of 50,000 deaths a year as well as being a contributing factor in an additional 300,000 per year.
  • Also, in the US, about 1 in 5 adults have high blood pressure.
  • Only about two-thirds of those with hypertension have been diagnosed. Leaving the other one-third with serious negatively developing cardio-vascular problems.

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:

  • Being middle age or older (As we age our arteries become more rigid)
  • Having an African-American heritage
  • Having parents who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure
  • Being overweight (HBP is twice as common in people who are obese.)
  • Consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • Excessive use of salt
  • Having a stressful lifestyle
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle

In Conclusion

As you can see, Boomer, knowing your high blood pressure is critical to protecting yourself from serious long-term health consequences.

If 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.

Have knowledge or experience with HPB Symptoms?

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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