If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you know that you need to stay on top of it in order to decrease your risk of developing stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and vision loss.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is typically the result of lifestyle factors (eating too much sugar, being obese and smoking), though some people may have a genetic predisposition to it.
According to the CDC, roughly 75 million America adults have high blood pressure. That’s one in three people living with the disease. Only about half of people with hypertension have their condition under control. And sadly, millions of Americans are unaware they are living with high blood pressure in the first place.
The truth is, high blood pressure is a condition that does not come with any distinct symptoms in itself, which is why it is usually called ‘the silent killer’. But there are quite a few associated signs that illustrate your body is dealing with the stress of high blood pressure.
If you or someone you know is dealing with any of the following, please make an appointment with your doctor to get checked out. Remember, if left unchecked, high blood pressure can significantly increase your chance of developing vision problems, stroke, and both heart and kidney disease.
It’s normal for most people to get a tension headache every once in a while. But what’s not normal is to get regular headaches. This is often one of the biggest signs there may be an issue going on.
Headaches due to high blood pressure can be a dull throbbing pain or can feel like a debilitating migraine. The pain is linked to the blood vessels in the brain, which swell from the high volume of blood and the greater pumping force. While an over-the-counter pain reliever will generally alleviate the pain (except for in the case of a very bad migraine), no one should rely on these meds for the long-term.
2. Vision Problems
The pressure in the brain I just mentioned due to swelling blood vessels? Well, this can begin to mess with your vision as the blood vessels in the back of the eye retina also swell. People with a sudden sensitivity to light, seeing auras or blurry vision should get checked out. In the most severe cases, high blood pressure can cause a related eye disease called hypertensive retinopathy.
3. Irregular Heartbeat
One of the most alarming signs of high blood pressure is experiencing an irregular heartbeat. Also called hypertensive heart disease, the condition is caused by the heart working under increased pressure and eventual weakening of the heart muscle. If left unchecked, the condition can lead to heart failure and other conditions that can potentially lead to death.
4. Chest Pain
High blood pressure often leads to chest pains, but these pains can be caused from something going on with the heart itself or with the respiratory system. As the pressure increases in the large arteries from the heart to the lungs, the arteries eventually harden and narrow, forcing your body to work harder. This leads to increased pressure in your circulatory system AND a lack of oxygen that reaches your heart and lungs, resulting in pain.
As your arteries harden and tighten, constricting the flow of blood, the result is a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can lead to dizziness as well as general confusion and fatigue. If you or a loved one are starting to experience some real cognitive difficulties, it’s definitely time to make an appointment with your doctor.
6. Trouble Breathing
When your heart and circulatory system have a hard tome pumping blood, it means the oxygen can’t get to all of the tissues that require this oxygen to live. This most certainly includes the lungs. When this happens, a signal is sent to the brain that you are not getting enough oxygen into your lungs, and so the lungs are kicked into overdrive, which usually leads to hyperventilation, more shortness of breath and dizziness.
Nosebleeds can occur when the small blood vessels in the nose burst from added pressure, leaking blood. Not every nosebleed is a result of high blood pressure. Sometimes they are caused by allergies, sinusitis, dry air or blowing your nose too frequently.
Again, it is vitally important to not ignore any of these warning signs. The sooner you know if you have high blood pressure, the sooner you can do something to get those numbers down.
And speaking of getting your hypertension under control, you essentially have two options:
OPTION 1: Take a prescribed medication that comes with nasty side effects (Many hypertension medications on the market have been recalled because of known carcinogens) or…
OPTION 2: Take care of the lifestyle factors that most likely caused your numbers to go up in the first place.
So many modern diseases develop as a result of the choices we make on a daily basis – our choice to not eat right, not exercise, not get enough sleep, smoke, drink too much, etc.
Why take a prescription medication that could actually make you ill, when making some basic lifestyle changes can help you to get your numbers under control for good?
Do you want to take control of your own health (and not need to rely on an expensive medication that may cause cancer or other serious injury) but could use a little help getting started?
With the help of Dr. Marlene, who has assisted many of her patients in completely reversing their chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes through common sense lifestyle changes, we have created The Blood Pressure Solution. This guide will take you by the hand and tell you exactly what you need to do to get your numbers down once and for all.