High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is commonly known, is the pressure of the blood against the artery walls in the circulatory system. Any blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg is considered as high blood pressure. According to the American Heart Association, every 1–3 adults over the age of 20 years old has high blood pressure. If left untreated or uncontrolled, it can lead to serious health problems including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney diseases, and so on.
High blood pressure can be either essential or secondary high blood pressure. Essential high blood pressure is considered any high blood pressure when there is no established cause, while secondary high blood pressure is any high blood pressure when there is a known underlying cause.
Risk factors of high blood pressure include age, family history, being obese or overweight, smoking, alcohol intake, high fat diet, high salt intake, lack of exercise and sedentary life, diabetes, stress, and so on. Below are the 10 signs of high blood pressure that you should be aware of.
High Blood Pressure Sign #1: Severe Headache
A headache is a common symptom of high blood pressure. The headache pain tends to be a pulsating pain, typically occurring on both sides of the head or at the back of the head, including the neck. It also tends to get worse with physical activity.
In cases when a severe headache is accompanied by high blood pressure, treatment to lower the blood pressure helps relieve the pain. Checking blood pressure regularly is very important every time a person has high blood pressure.