Even though symptoms of hypertension may not be apparent, some signs that something is amiss may consist of headaches, nosebleeds, and shortness of breath. The problem is that these symptoms are common among other types of medical conditions. A person can have high blood pressure for years without showing symptoms – but this silent killer is easily detected by having your blood pressure tested regularly.
Hypertension is serious and may increase the risk of medical conditions involving the brain, kidneys, and heart. In fact, it is the major cause of premature deaths around the world. More than a billion people (or 1 in 8) currently have hypertension worldwide.
Contributing factors to high blood pressure
- High salt diet
- More than one alcohol beverage daily on a regular basis.
- Genetics/family history
- Adrenal disease
- Sleep apnea