High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Symptoms

It is important to check your blood pressure readings regularly and to know your numbers. That’s because high blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms until it has also caused serious problems. Blood pressure above 180/120  mm HG is too high and requires medical attention, especially if you have symptoms. Blood pressure this high can damage your organs.

If your blood pressure is 180/120 but you don’t have symptoms, wait 5 minutes and check your blood pressure again. If it is still high, call your healthcare provider who may recommend starting a medicine or changing your dose.

If the second measurement is also high and if you have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1:

  • A sudden, severe headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden, severe pain in your abdomen, chest, or back
  • Numbness or weakness
  • A sudden change in vision
  • Problems talking

Do not wait to see if your pressure comes down on its own. 

Undiagnosed or uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems such as:

Watch this video to learn more about why high blood pressure is such a problem.

This video shows how high blood pressure damages your artery walls over time and can lead to life-threatening health problems. Medical Animation Copyright © 2022 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights reserved. 
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