Many people think the main symptom of high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is feeling stressed or anxious, and while those two things are not mutually exclusive, they’re not usually signs of chronic hypertension. In fact, people with high blood pressure often won’t notice any changes until there’s serious damage, giving high blood pressure its nickname — “the silent killer.”
However, there are a number of other signs of unusually high blood pressure you may notice that can be cause for alarm. Left untreated, hypertension can lead to serious medical problems, including strokes, heart disease, and kidney failure, warns WebMD. Here are 13 possible symptoms of hypertension…
There are a wide range of reasons why you’d develop a headache — one of them could be high blood pressure. However, research into the correlation between headaches and hypertension is ongoing, notes Healthline.com. “The verdict is out on whether or not high blood pressure can be proven to cause headaches,” it notes.
The source also notes some studies have found a connection, while others have not found a connection. However, it explains that a “hypertensive crisis” can cause a headache due to a sudden spike in blood pressure. “The resulting headache feels unlike any other kind of migraine or head pain,” it adds.