Symptoms & Dangers of High Blood Pressure
When high blood pressure is left untreated the possible health consequences that can happen are many:
Damage to the Heart and coronary arteries; heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, and fatty buildups in the arteries that cause them to harden.
Fluid in the lungs
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can injure or kill you. It is sometimes called "the silent killer" because high blood pressure has no symptoms, you may not even be aware that it is damaging your heart and other organs except in more extreme cases known as hypertension crisis. When BP readings rise to 180 or above for the systolic-top-number or 110 or above for the diastolic-bottom number, call for emergency medical treatment immediately. If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:
Fatigue or confusion
Blood in the urine
A pounding in your chest, neck, or ears
There are many tools and resources available to help you keep tabs on your blood pressure. If you are at risk for high blood pressure invest in a monitoring device and check your pressure regularly. Check out the American Heart Association's web site for tips on lowering and reducing the risk of heart disease.
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