Did you know that it is estimated that a third of people who have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, aren’t even aware they have it? The only way to know for sure is through regular checkups and monitoring your health.
This means you could be suffering some serious ill-effects without ever realizing it, only because you haven’t kept up with your health!
Here are the signs of hypertension, what to look out for if you’re suffering, and how to approach your doctor about possible solutions.
Why High Blood Pressure Is Called the Silent Killer
Here’s the thing: We’re going to give you the signs of hypertension, and what you can do about them. But for many people suffering from this condition, there are no signs or warnings.
Medical professionals often call hypertension the “silent killer” because most people don’t realize anything is even wrong. There are few if any symptoms most people experience until it’s far too late.
What Is the Cause of Hypertension?
There is no one known cause of hypertension, but there are many factors you should keep in mind if you’re trying to determine whether you could be at risk.
Your family history is going to be the biggest risk factor you need to take into consideration when worrying about your hypertension risk. Some families have a sensitivity to sodium, which can spike blood pressure, and others just have the right genes.
Race and age are two major risk factors as well. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop hypertension – about 65% of Americans over the age of 60 have blood pressure issues. African Americans are also more likely to develop hypertension.
Improper diet is also a leading cause of hypertension. Consuming too much alcohol, too much sodium, and not enough potassium can all lead to hypertension issues in your life.
What Are the Signs of Hypertension?
If you experience frequent headaches without a known cause, it is possible that you could have high blood pressure! One sufferer described it as taking an Advil each day, and at the end of the month realizing your headache never really went away.
Chest tightness, pain, or irregular heartbeats are all signs of hypertension as well, as your body works in overdrive constantly. One sufferer said that they didn’t even realize their heartbeat was so intense until they adjusted to their blood pressure medication!
Fatigue, confusion, and “floaters” in your vision are all signs of hypertension as well. One of these on their own may not concern you, but when you add them up, you should talk to your doctor.
Remember, though, that there are no true signs of hypertension. If you’re under the age of 40, you should be asking your doctor to take and record your blood pressure every two years. Over 40, and it should happen at every physical.
Records of your baseline blood pressure will show if and when there is a spike. Treating hypertension early can save you a boatload of hassle, time, and illness down the road.