ZocdocAnswersWhat are the obvious symptoms of high blood pressure?

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What are the obvious symptoms of high blood pressure?

It runs in my family so I am curious, what are the symptoms of high blood pressure? At what age do people generally start showing symptoms?

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The problem with high blood pressure, or hypertension, is that there are usually NO symptoms so that is why it is important to have yours checked regularly to know if it is high. Because there are usually no symptoms it is under diagnosed and often called "the silent killer." Symptoms usually only occur when your blood pressure is dangerously high. These symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and/or shortness of breath. High blood pressure increases with age but can start as early as the teenage years in those with risk factors and certain conditions. It is important to see your primary care provider to have your blood pressure checked as well as to discuss your family history and other risk factors, have a full physical examination, and to discuss ways to prevent the onset of high blood pressure. There are many things you can do now to lessen your chances of developing high blood pressure, even if it runs in your family. These include regular aerobic exercise, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting salt, and eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids can also help lower cholesterol. These are found in fish (or fish oil supplements) and in healthy fats like olive oil.

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