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What symptoms should I look out for if my blood pressure is extremely high?

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If your blood pressure is extremely high, you might have:

See a doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms.

  • Severe headache
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • A hard time breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blood in your urine

SOURCES: 

JAMA Express, " Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressue (JNC VII), May 15, 2003.  ,"

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W., "Clinical Features and Management of Selected Hypertensive Emergencies," , The West Birmingham Malignant Hypertension Register. Jan. 2005.  Journal of Clinical Malignant Phase HypertensionJournal of Human Hypertension,

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

JAMA Express, " Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressue (JNC VII), May 15, 2003.  ,"

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W., "Clinical Features and Management of Selected Hypertensive Emergencies," , The West Birmingham Malignant Hypertension Register. Jan. 2005.  Journal of Clinical Malignant Phase HypertensionJournal of Human Hypertension,

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 6, 2019

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