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Testing for Hypertension? Here’s What You Can Expect

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You make a routine visit to the doctor for a general check-up. You have been feeling fatigued for a couple of months and have been suffering from more than a couple of episodes of headaches during this time. The doctor checks your blood pressure and tells you that you are hypertensive or have high blood pressure. Usually, mild to moderate levels of hypertension goes undetected as it is asymptomatic.

However, if the blood pressure is touching upon dangerous levels you may experience any or a combination of these symptoms:

1. You may feel dizzy
2. Your nose may bleed
3. You may notice a partial paralysis of facial muscles
4. You may experience the onset of a sharp headache
5. You may experience fatigue
6. You may hear buzzing in the ear
7. You might feel confused
8. You may be disturbed by the irregular heartbeats
9. You could have visual distortions
10. You may have Nausea
11. You may experience shortness of breath
12. You might sweat excessively in relation to the physical/activity levels at that time
13. You may experience chest pain

What exactly does having high blood pressure mean?

Blood pressure is defined as the pressure exerted by blood as a fluid on the walls of the arteries that carry it every time the heart pumps out pure, oxygenated blood to the whole body. High blood pressure is a condition when the pressure exerted by blood on the walls of the arteries it flows through is high. The pressure it exerts on the artery walls may be high due to:

1. Renal (kidney) infections
2. High intake of dietary salt
3. Congenital defects in the anatomy (structure) of the arteries
4. Intake of certain medications such as birth control pills, corticosteroids, migraine medications, appetite suppressants and flu medications
5. Drug abuse
6. Growth in the adrenal glands
7. High cholesterol condition
8. Conditions of the nervous system
9. Imbalance of bodily hormones
10. Usage of tobacco and tobacco products
11. Alcohol abuse
12. Belonging to certain ethnic race
13. Having a nervous and anxious temperament
14. Having a family history of high blood pressure

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