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World Hypertension Day 2024: 10 Less Common Signs of High Blood Pressure You Shouldn’t Ignore


Today, May 17th, marks World Hypertension Day, a global campaign raising awareness about this silent killer. With the theme “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!”, the day highlights the importance of early detection and management of high blood pressure.

While headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath are often recognized signs of hypertension, many people experience less common symptoms that can be easily overlooked.

Here are 10 signs you shouldn’t ignore:

  1. Pounding in the chest, neck, or ears: Feeling a strong, forceful pulse in these areas could indicate high blood pressure.
  2. Frequent urination at night: Waking up multiple times to use the restroom can be a sign your kidneys are struggling due to hypertension.
  3. Frequent nosebleeds: Sudden, recurring nosebleeds without a clear cause could be a signal of high blood pressure.
  4. Tinnitus: Ringing or buzzing in the ears can sometimes be linked to hypertension.
  5. Irregular heartbeat: A fluttering or irregular pulse can be a cause for concern.
  6. Blurred vision: Changes in vision, like blurry sight, can be a risk factor for hypertensive emergencies.
  7. Persistent fatigue: Unexplained tiredness can be a sign that your body is working harder than usual due to high blood pressure.
  8. Erectile dysfunction: Men with high blood pressure are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.
  9. Sexual problems in women: Hypertension can affect blood flow throughout the body, potentially leading to decreased libido in women.
  10. Anxiety: While anxiety can be a cause of high blood pressure, it can also be a symptom itself.

It’s important to remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other underlying conditions. If you experience any of them, it’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

World Hypertension Day serves as a timely reminder to prioritize your heart health. Get your blood pressure checked regularly, even if you feel well. By taking action early, you can control your blood pressure and live a longer, healthier life.

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