A Patient's Guide to High Blood Pressure - South Arkansas Sun

Signs and Symptoms The public health challenge is that most people can't feel chronic high blood pressure, says Suzanne Judd, a professor in the department of biostatistics with the University of Alabama at Birmingham

High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" for good reason. Unless you're experiencing the medical emergency known as a hypertensive crisis

you're unlikely to have symptoms that serve as high blood pressure warning signs. For most people, untreated chronic high blood pressure will slowly but steadily do its damage over time.

Hypertensive crisis is when blood pressure rapidly spikes to readings of 180/120, according to AHA guidelines

Severe headache, shortness of breath, nosebleeds and acute anxiety may be accompanying symptoms

Hypertensive emergency encompasses the elevated blood pressure reading along with symptoms such as chest or back pain, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking

A normal heart rate runs at about 60 to 100 beats per minute. Every heartbeat pumps blood through the arteries

veins and capillaries – your network of blood vessels. The ceaseless blood flow continuously pushes against the arterial walls. This never-ending force is your blood pressure.

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