How to Identify High Blood Pressure

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While there are a few physical signs of high blood pressure, it is often diagnosed while getting your blood pressure measured. Here's how to know if you have high blood pressure.

If you seeing white flashes sometimes described as lightening or stars get help immediately. This could mean a several things. For one it could mean you are experiencing dangerously high blood pressure and second it could be a sign of a detached retina. Either way, you should seek medical advice immediately. Interestingly enough, a torn retina is often a sign of high blood pressure.

If you are experiencing headaches, this may been a sign of high blood pressure. While most often headaches are harmless, they do sometimes warn us of something more serious. If you have a serious headache or a prolonged headache, you should seek medical advice immediately.

If you are particularly stressed, your blood pressure may be elevated. If you were hypertensive before, you may have elevated your BP to high blood pressure stage one or stage two. With the rise of unemployment in this economy, many Americans are experiencing high blood pressure and are completely unaware.

Those who's diets are high in salt, caffeine, alcoholic beverages and processed foods are at high risk for high blood pressure. Do you consume several of these high risk foods or beverages a day? If you do, your blood pressure may be high.

If you are regularly taking ginseng, you may be at risk for high blood pressure. Ginseng should be avoided completely if you suspect you may have high blood pressure.

My final step is the most obvious step. Go see your doctor and get your blood pressure measured. To get the best results, a home blood pressure monitor should be used to take your measurement several times a day. These home tests are great tools for everyone concerned about their health.

High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of stroke, heart disease and renal failure. It is important to regularly monitor your blood pressure and work on keeping it at normal levels. While there is no cure for high blood pressure, there are steps that can be taken to improve your condition. High blood pressure should never be ignored.

Most people with high blood pressure experience no symptoms at all. This is an important reason to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

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