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High Blood Pressure Symptoms I

High blood pressure usually causes no symptoms.

* Even if high blood pressure does cause symptoms, the symptoms are usually mild and nonspecific (vague, or suggesting many different disorders).
* Thus, high blood pressure often is labeled “the silent killer.”
* People who have high blood pressure typically don’t know it until their blood pressure is measured.
Sometimes people with high blood pressure have the following symptoms:

* Headache
* Dizziness
* Blurred vision
* Nausea

People often do not seek medical care until they have high blood pressure symptoms arising from the organ damage caused by chronic (ongoing, long-term) high blood pressure. The following types of organ damage are commonly seen in chronic high blood pressure:

* Heart attack
* Heart failure
* Stroke or “mini stroke” (transient ischemic attack, TIA)
* Kidney failure
* Eye damage with loss of vision
* Peripheral arterial disease
* Outpouchings of the aorta, called aneurysms

About 1% of people with high blood pressure do not seek medical care until the high blood pressure is very severe, a condition known as malignant hypertension.

* In malignant hypertension, the diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) often exceeds 140 mm Hg.

* Malignant hypertension may be associated with headache, light-headedness, or nausea.

* This degree of high blood pressure requires emergency hospitalization and lowering of blood pressure to prevent brain hemorrhage or stroke.

It is of utmost importance to realize that high blood pressure can be unrecognized for years, causing no symptoms but causing progressive damage to the heart, other organs, and blood vessels.
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High Blood Pressure Symptoms : Other Therapy

Alternative therapies may be helpful to people trying to control their blood pressure.

* Acupuncture and biofeedback are well-accepted alternative techniques that may help some people with high blood pressure.

* Techniques that induce relaxation and reduce stress are recommended. These include meditation, yoga, and relaxation training.

* These techniques alone will not keep the blood pressure in the healthy range for many people. Do not use these as a substitute for medical therapy without first talking this over with your health care provider.

Dietary supplements and alternative medications and therapies are sometimes recommended for high blood pressure.

* Examples are vitamins, garlic, fish oil, L-arginine, soy, coenzyme Q10, herbs, phytosterols, and chelation therapy.
* While these substances may be beneficial, the exact nature of their benefits is not known.
* Scientific studies have produced no evidence that these therapies lower blood pressure or prevent the complications of high blood pressure.
* Most of these substances are harmless if taken in moderate doses. Most people can take them without problems.

* Talk to your health care provider if you are considering any of these treatments. Substituting these therapies for medical therapies that have been shown to lower blood pressure and the risk of complications may have a harmful effect on your health.
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