Get The Facts About Your High Blood Pressure Symptom

Basically, there is not a specific high blood pressure symptom that is readily identifiable, though many people with high blood pressure claim to experience a sense of dizziness and headache when the blood pressure rises. By then, however, it's often already too late.

There is no way to define a high blood pressure symptom before it occurs. Most people who have high blood pressure don't even know it, and that's why high blood pressure has earned the nickname, 'The Silent Killer'. It can strike anyone at any time, and that means men and women and teens.

Many people, when experiencing what can be the results of what they feel is a high blood pressure symptom, like faintness of breath, pounding heart and headache or ringing in the ears, attribute them to other conditions, especially if such incidents are sporadic. But that's why it's so important to know and understand the condition of high blood pressure. Know who's at risk and how to prevent the disease before it strikes.

With the lack of any obvious high blood pressure symptom, what is one to do? High blood pressure can be expected to lead to irreversible damage to blood vessels, the heart muscle, to vision and other body systems including the kidneys. But if you can't see it, how can you fight it? The first thing to do is to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

Also realize that certain races and types of people are more prone to develop high blood pressure, such as African-Americans. One in three African-Americans have been diagnosed with high blood pressure while the national standard for Caucasians is one in five. This may be due to genetic factors. High blood pressure also tends to run in families, and families who have histories of kidney disease, strokes, high cholesterol or heart attacks may be prone to developing high blood pressure. While any of these aren't necessarily a high blood pressure symptom, they may serve to provide warnings and predispositions to the condition.

Age doesn't play as great of a factor in high blood pressure as it used to, due to recent studies that show younger people are developing a high blood pressure symptom. Common belief is the rise is caused by improper eating habits and lack of exercise. Still, it's common knowledge that older people are more likely to develop high blood pressure as they age.

Gender also has something to do with any high blood pressure symptom, after the condition is diagnosed, and more women than men suffer from them. This could be due to hormonal fluctuations during and after various stages of menopause, as does the incidence of smoking and drinking. Smoking has been proven to cause an increase in blood pressure measured while someone is smoking. Blood pressure declined back to normal rates within thirty minutes, but the studies are alarming. 

Others likely to experience any of what are considered by most people to be a high blood pressure symptom such as dizziness or headache are those who are chronically overweight. Excess salt in our diets doesn't help matters any, nor does a mostly sedentary lifestyle.

Since any high blood pressure symptom is, in all reality, non-existent, it would stand to reason that people would practice preventive medicine and curtail habits that lead to high blood pressure, but such, sadly, is not the case.  

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