Hypertension is generally a silent chronic condition. Many people won’t experience any symptoms. It may take years or even decades for the condition to reach levels severe enough that symptoms become obvious. 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.
Because hypertension is often a silent condition, it can cause damage to your body for years before symptoms become obvious. If hypertension isn’t treated, you may face serious, even fatal, complications.
Symptoms of severe hypertension can include:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- visual changes
These symptoms require immediate medical attention. They don’t occur in everyone with hypertension, but waiting for a symptoms of this condition to appear could be fatal. The best way to know if you have hypertension is to get regular blood pressure readings.
Doctors usually take a blood pressure reading at every appointment. If you have a family history of heart disease or have risk factors for getting hypertension, your doctor may recommend that you have your blood pressure checked twice a year. This helps you stay on top of any possible issues before they become problematic.
So, get your BP checked regularly for early diagnosis of HTN to avoid unnecessary complications.
-Dr.Bhavani Sagar Surampally