High blood pressure symptoms may include anxiety, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, water retention, ringing in the ear and, in more serious cases, hemorrhaging of the eyes. But often there are no noticeable symptoms.
If you're concerned that your blood pressure is too high, the simplest thing to do is go to your local Walmart and take a self administered test. It's very easy to do. Just role up your sleeve, place your arm in the machine, sit back and relax. In a minute you probably have a fairly accurate reading. You could also buy your own blood pressure cuff, since some store machines might not be properly maintained or calibrated.
If you're not concerned, you should check out your blood pressure reading anyway. Since there are often no apparent or noticeable symptoms of high blood pressure, it makes sense to check it on a regular basis.
When your reading is higher than 120 over 80, it's time to make some lifestyle changes to help lower your blood pressure. Don't be in a rush to start medications though, since they're not easy to get off of once you begin. And, fortunately for most people, hypertension can be controlled naturally through changes in diet, stress management and an increase in physical activity levels.
After a month of eating a healthier diet and doing some moderate exercise, take another reading. You'll probably be surprised at your progress. If your blood pressure is heading in the right direction, continue or even upgrade the lifestyle changes you're making.
If, however, your blood pressure remains the same or increases, be sure to seek out medical help. High blood pressure is not something to take lightly, since it's related to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and Alzheimer's disease.
For more information on high blood pressure or hypertension, you can go to Low Blood Pressure or Normal Blood Pressure For Humans.
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