9 Hidden And Dangerous Signs Of High Blood Pressure That Everyone Ignores
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 70 million American suffer from high blood pressure, or hypertension. That’s one in every three. Even more alarming is about the same number are considered pre-hypertensive. Only 52% of people with high blood pressure have the condition under control and it’s estimated that 20% of Americans are not even aware they have high blood pressure.
The greatest challenge for identifying high blood pressure is many of the symptoms can easily be attributed to something else. For example, could that shortness of breath just mean you’re out of shape? Could that feeling of being tired simply mean you’ve been putting in more hours at the office than normal? In fact, the symptoms for high pressure can seem so mild even your doctor can miss them.
So what is blood pressure? Really, it’s just a number. It’s the measurement used by doctors to gauge the pressure of blood against the arterial walls as it travels from your heart to other parts of your body. When things are running smoothly, your blood pressure should be 120/80 (120 is the systolic number; 80 is the diastolic number).
High blood pressure becomes more than just a number when you realize that over 1000 people die every day from it, or it’s by-products: cardiovascular disease and stroke.
It’s not uncommon to have an increase in those numbers when you are exercising, change posture, sleep or are experiencing some stress. The problem arises when that reading stays at above-normal ranges. A single high reading doesn’t mean automatic high blood pressure. However, if you experience a higher than normal reading your doctor may monitor the reading over time before making a health assessment.
Now you know what it is, what are the often ignored warnings signs?
Uncommon Signs of High Blood Pressure
Nosebleeds: A change in your blood pressure could spark a nosebleed. If you experience an increase in how often you get them or begin having them, consider a check of your blood pressure.