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June 15 2011 4 15 /06 /June /2011 14:53

High blood pressure (Hypertension) can cause serious damage to your body without your knowledge. That is why it is called “The Silent Killer.” It does have a few signs, though. Keep a watch on these and report to the doctor if you are hit by any of the symptoms below.

Types of hypertension and blood pressure levels to watch out for:

Classification

There are two types of hypertension – primary hypertension and secondary hypertension. Primary hypertension, which affects the majority of people, is hypertension for which the cause cannot be identified. Secondary hypertension is a condition for which the cause is known – for example, kidney failure leading to high blood pressure.

Blood pressure testing involves watching the following levels (Systolic-Diastolic):

120/80 is considered normal

120—140/80 – 90 is considered borderline high

140+/90+ is considered high, and anything over or around 200/120 is considered dangerous

Anything below this range is dangerously low blood pressure

Signs of high blood pressure in men

Headaches

Some men suffering from high blood pressure experience headaches. Headaches can occur regardless of stress.

Dizziness

Men whose blood pressure levels vary in a short span of time may feel dizzy. The fluctuations in the blood pressure levels can be caused due to blood pressure medications that the doctor prescribes to the patient. Dizziness makes the patient feel that the whole room is spinning.

Fatigue

Fatigue and or feeling lethargic or weak without reason is another sign.

Light headedness

Light headedness can occur when blood pressure levels are high or low. Light headedness is experienced when the patient stands up after sitting or lying down. High blood pressure weakens the limbs and the brain, making the patient feel disoriented.

Nausea

People with high blood pressure often feel nauseous.

Vision impairment

High blood pressure damages the retina’s blood vessels, causing vision problems.

Male menopause

High blood pressure can lower production of the male hormone, androgen, leading to male menopause. This is characterised by fatigue, weakness, sexual problems (erectile dysfunction) and depression.

Shortness of breath and chest pain

High blood pressure involves the blood pounding at your heart. This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain, or both.

Fits

There have been rare cases where high blood pressure patients have experienced fits.

Conclusion

High blood pressure is a deadly condition that can cause serious damage such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, etc. Though you must not panic if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, it will be in your best interest to visit your doctor and get your blood pressure checked.

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