12 Warning Signs of Hypertension
Quite a number of persons walk the streets with hypertension but are never aware they have the problem. This is because sometimes the warning signs come up too lately. Sometimes too, people do not go to have their blood pressure checked in a health facility.
When an individual has hypertension, there are several signs and symptoms that would make him/her know or at least suspect that he/she may have become hypertensive. A combination of two or more of these signs should actually give the individual some concern and make him/her to want to see the doctor. Some of the signs include:
1. Headache: The individual who has hypertension begins to feel unusual headache on the back of of the head especially on waking up in the morning. This kind of headache is very discomforting.
2. Weakness: One of the signs of hypertension is weakness. So when you begin to feel unusually weak you should see the doctor.
3. Nervousness: Another sign of hypertension is nervousness. The individual experiences a state of mental and physical restlessness or unrest.
4. Dizziness: This is also one of the signs that accompany hypertension. It is a feeling of unsteadiness accompanied by tension or anxiety.
5. Ringing in the ears: One other thing that would make you suspect you may have hypertension is when you begin to experience a ringing, buzzing or roaring sound in your ears.
6. Loss of sleep: Hypertension can interfere with your sleep. Because of the involvement of the brain you may be unable to sleep at night when you have hypertension. This condition is known as insomnia.
7. Nose bleed: Bleeding from the nose otherwise known as epistaxis also accompanies hypertension. When the small vessels in the nose rupture as a result of their raised pressure, the individual bleeds from the nose.
8. Light-headed: A hypertensive also may feel lightness of the head.
9. Shortness of breath: The individual with hypertension may also experience some difficulty with breathing. The person feels as if his/her breathing is going to cease.
10. Chest pain: Chest pain especially on the left chest wall or around the shoulder or neck may be present. The pain is usually provoked by physical exertion as the heart muscles are deprived of sufficient blood and oxygen supply.
11. Fainting: The individual may also experience a fainting attack. In some cases there is a feeling of rotation of objects in the surrounding environment or within oneself.
12. Changes in vision: Hypertension is also accompanied by changes in vision. This includes poor vision, cloudy vision, or blindness. This occurs as a result of changes in the capillary blood vessels in the eyes.
NOTE: All these signs do not occur in just one person. However, one person may have several of these signs if adequate measure is not taken on time to detect and treat the condition