High blood pressure is a commonly used term. However, many have confessed to having only a partial understanding of the condition, its causes and subsequent symptoms. According to WebMD, high blood pressure (hypertension) increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension risk factors include obesity, drinking too much alcohol, smoking and family history. Beta-blockers are a common treatment for hypertension.


One of the most dangerous aspects of hypertension is that you may not know that you have it. In fact, nearly one-third of people who have high blood pressure don’t know it. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is through regular checkups. This is especially important if you have a close relative who has high blood pressure.


If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:


Severe headache

Fatigue or confusion

Vision problems

Chest pain

Difficulty breathing

Irregular heartbeat

Blood in the urine

Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears


If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately. You could be having a hypertensive crisis that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. If you visit HealthVisions Midwest, Healthlinc, St. Catherine Hospital or any affiliates (all of northwest Indiana) you will not only receive quality care, you will also be referred to a number of classes and resources by Bridges To Wellness Network. You will be educated and empowered by tools, which will aid you in healthy living. This is made possible by Foundations of East Chicago’s Collaborative Grant.


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