What Is Hypertension?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is when the pressure in your blood vessels is too high (140/90 mmHg or higher). It is common but can be serious if not treated.

People with high blood pressure may not feel symptoms. The only way to know is to get your blood pressure checked.

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Most people with hypertension don’t feel any symptoms. Very high blood pressures can cause headaches, blurred vision, chest pain and other symptoms.

Checking your blood pressure is the best way to know if you have high blood pressure. If hypertension isn’t treated, it can cause other health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.

People with very high blood pressure (usually 180/120 or higher) can experience symptoms including:

  1. severe headaches
  2. chest pain
  3. dizziness
  4. difficulty breathing
  5. nausea
  6. vomiting
  7. blurred vision or other vision changes
  8. anxiety
  9. confusion
  10. buzzing in the ears
  11. nosebleeds
  12. abnormal heart rhythm