If you or someone you love struggles with high blood pressure, you may wonder what you can do the help. Being educated on the symptoms and monitoring them can go a long way toward being an active part of their health care system.
You may or may not already be aware of this, but high blood pressure typically has few to no symptoms associated with it. Because of this, people may have the condition for years without being aware of it. In fact, when symptoms do occur, it is usually because of a hypertensive crisis, which is a medical emergency.
Symptoms of a hypertensive crisis may include shortness of breath, severe anxiety, nosebleeds, and severe headaches. You will also find when taking a pressure reading that a number above 180 for systolic pressure, or 110 or higher for diastolic pressure, indicates a crisis and requires immediate medical care.
Diagnosing hypertension is done by a physician instituting a blood pressure reading. Often, the doctor will take a few different readings at various appointments before you are diagnosed. This ensures the problem is chronic and recurrent. At this time, they will be able to diagnosis you, if appropriate.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to many problems. These include stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, angina, sexual dysfunction, and peripheral artery disease. If you are concerned you may have hypertension, we here at Primary Medical Group would be happy to test you and help you through any results that come about.
We can also assist with monitoring of symptoms if you do have hypertension. We can assist you in tracking treatments, teach you methods to better control the problems, and more. We also are happy to link you with services of other medical professionals in the area who can help. You can contact us at 702-420-7704 anytime