What is high blood pressure?
When your heart beats, it pumps blood to the rest of your body through the arteries. The force of blood against the artery walls is what we call blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious condition that can affect anybody. It’s diagnosed when pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90 (or higher), over the course of several weeks.
What causes high blood pressure?
In many cases, there is no obvious cause of high blood pressure. However, there are certain factors that can increase the risk of high blood pressure, such as pregnancy, stress, obesity, and drinking a lot of alcohol.
High blood pressure symptoms
On most occasions, there are no signs or symptoms of having high blood pressure, and patients can only be diagnosed by having their blood pressure checked by a medical professional.
Rarely, extremely high blood pressure can cause some physical symptoms. These can include severe headaches, blurred vision, seizures, chest pain, feeling short of breath, nausea, and heavy sweating. If this happens, seek medical care immediately.