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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

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    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:

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    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.

    Untreated hypertension can lead to serious diseases, including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and eye problems.

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    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on May 16, 2014
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