Signs of high blood pressure you should know about

Over half of all Americans experience high blood pressure, and women are just as likely to experience high blood pressure as men, but are less likely to be diagnosed. An article in Women’s Health offers six signs you should look out for:

  • Numbers over 130/80
    • Don’t be afraid to track your blood pressure yourself. Most pharmacies and drug stores have free blood pressure machines, or you can buy your own. Blood pressure fluctuates, so make sure to take a few readings when you’re calm and hydrated. If you have three or more readings at 130/80 or higher, you should talk to your doctor.
  • Your parents have high blood pressure
    • Even with healthy diet and exercise, genetics still play a big role in health. Ask your family members about high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Severe headaches
    • Chronic headaches can be caused by extremely high blood pressure. If you have a bad headache that won’t quit, talk to your doctor.
  • Bloating
    • High blood pressure is often linked to diabetes and kidney disease, so if you experience bloating with decreased urination, blood pressure could be behind it.
  • Change in your vision
    • High blood pressure can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to swell, so if you’re experiencing blurry vision or sudden change in vision, call your doctor.
  • Dizziness or trouble balancing
    • Suddenly feeling dizzy can be related to high blood pressure or more severe conditions such as stroke. If dizziness persists, call your doctor.

For more information, visit The American Heart Association, or talk to your doctor at your next appointment with Women’s Care Florida.