We all know the telltale symptoms of hypertension – racing heart, blood in the urine, and even splitting headaches. But there are minor symptoms that could be indicative of bigger problems. From irritability and/or confusion to swollen limbs, these minor symptoms when ignored can lead to serious complications. While complications may arise with age, the right treatment plan and your awareness can help ward off a lot of unnecessary complications.
Keep reading to learn about the 5 commonly ignored hypertension symptoms and why you should pay attention to them.
Even Minor Headaches Shouldn’t be Ignored
Headaches are a common occurrence for most people. And as you get older, their frequency may increase. But if you have hypertension, your headaches could be more problematic. Be especially wary of sudden onset headaches, which are followed by symptoms like blurred vision and/or confusion. If these symptoms occur, it’s time to call your emergency contact. If you have milder headaches, consult your expert healthcare team immediately.
Swollen Limbs and Abdomen Can Also Be A Hypertension Symptom
If your hypertension has affected your heart muscle, you could experience symptoms like swollen legs or feet. But usually, this goes away when they are kept elevated. Even extensive swelling around the abdomen can be indicative of hypertension. Especially if these symptoms are paired with frequent coughing, it is cause for worry and immediate doctor attention.
Bad Memory Could Be Caused by Lack of Oxygen
We understand how difficult it can be if you think your memory is affected. While memory loss could be indicative of age-related deterioration, or even other conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia, there is also a chance that it could be hypertension. High blood pressure can disrupt the heart’s capability to send oxygen to all the tissues within the body. When the brain doesn’t receive sufficient oxygen, it can cause memory loss and other hypertension symptoms like confusion.
In cases of long term hypertension, plaque build-ups can occur within the brain, leading to memory-related problems. Any instances of cognitive impairment should therefore be taken immediately to your doctor.
Don’t Forget To Check On Your Urination Patterns
Even though hypertension affects your blood vessels and heart, it can also be problematic for your kidneys. So if you experience high blood pressure, pay attention to renal symptoms like urinating significantly more or less, swollen feet or ankle, and sudden nosebleeds.
Reaching out to your expert doctor in case of these symptoms can help you assess your situation and proceed with the best treatment.
Pay Close Attention to Your Mental Health and Energy Levels
Who do we turn to, when our own mental health starts to fail us? The people you know and love, of course. If you have hypertension symptoms, it is vital to pay close attention to the common changes in behaviour that happens when your BP fluctuates. Your family or friends should be aware enough to recognize your difference behaviour, such as heightened anxiety, confusion, or even poor energy levels.
While there are many reasons why a patient could experience these symptoms, it will always do well to seek a doctor’s attention immediately.
Preventing major complications associated with chronic diseases is as much about the right treatment plan as it is about constant monitoring. Paying close attention to your health, and taking an active role in ensuring health is the most important thing a hypertension patient can do. Preventive care is the need of the hour, and well-informed patients and tech-led solutions can help in realising this goal.
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