“What do kids and salt have in common? Both of them increase blood pressure”. If you are a father or a mother, you understood what the joke is about. If you are over thirty and still do not have kids, you might feel relieved and will pay more attention to your salt intake. But wait! Did you know it is not necessary to have symptoms to check on your blood pressure? Believe it or not, there are lots of people at severe risk of undergoing a heart attack or similar problems because they have not found out the problem with them is their blood pressure.
So check on the next list, just in case…
Most people believe the best evidence to indicate high blood pressure is having constant headaches, but let us tell that it is not. Of course, there are exceptions. For example, in the case of hypertensive crisis. The situation might be like this: suddenly your blood pressure is 180/120 mm Hg or higher, and you have a headache along with an uneasy feeling. Wait five minutes and recheck your levels. In case of constant reading of 180/120 mm Hg or higher, call 9-1-1.
Besides, there is another possibility when someone is undergoing headaches frequently: cerebrovascular disease. Constant headaches might be the symptom of ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage, and this affection is part of the problems caused by high blood pressure.
When an individual cope with long-standing hypertension, he or she may get; as a result, hemorrhagic and atheroembolic stroke or encephalopathy. As long as this pathology is related to the heart, this organ will increase its mass due to left ventricular hypertrophy. And, when a heart is enlarged because of hypertension, it is in real danger of arrhythmia and death. All this explanation is to emphasize that headaches will be the consequences but not the symptoms of high blood pressure.