Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure

Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle

Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about possible symptoms of high blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition in which a person’s blood pressure is elevated compared to the normal blood pressure range of most people. There are implications that this condition can be fatal in many people, especially those who are not aware that they have this condition. The symptoms of high blood pressure are usually very vague and non specific, and can often be overlooked if the person does not have any idea that he or she may have high blood pressure.

Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle

Non Specific Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure

One of the vague symptoms of high blood pressure is a headache and/or a throbbing ache at the nape of the neck. Although there is little evidence that these are specific symptoms of high blood pressure, many people with high blood pressure often report that these are prevalent in them when their heart rate accelerates. Dizziness is also another one of the more subtle symptoms of high blood pressure. Accompanying the dizziness can also be a feeling of nausea, that is sometimes an unusual symptom in the person who may have high blood pressure.


Another subtle and/or non specific symptom of high blood pressure is blurry vision. This symptom may cause a person to panic, since it is also not very common, unlike dizzy spells or a headache. Most people “see or feel” the effect of this symptom, which is why it usually prompts them to see a doctor or have a check up. It is notable that these vague symptoms of high blood pressure usually occur in the head region, which can also be a sign or symptom of a stroke.


More common symptoms of uncontrolled high blood pressure are chest pain, shortness of breath, or nothing at all!


If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be worth it to check your blood pressure! Remember, high blood pressure is a silent killer and is usually discovered when severe damage has been done, or when it’s too late. 

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Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle


I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.


As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.


Tools to Improve Heart Health

Blood Pressure Monitoring

It’s very important to monitor your blood pressure. I often recommend an automatic upper arm blood pressure cuff, but a wrist blood pressure monitor is also acceptable.

Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. Nicolle

Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.


Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure, Dr. NicolleRemember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.


Let me know what you think in the comment section below.


Stay healthy,


Dr. Nicolle


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Possible Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure

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