Most Symptoms Linked to High Blood Pressure Are Signs of a Hypertensive Crisis
Some symptoms that are commonly associated with high blood pressure have never been definitively linked to the condition. That includes headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, and nosebleeds. Again, the vast majority of people with hypertension don’t experience any symptoms at all. But when blood pressure suddenly increases to an extremely high level, it can trigger a hypertensive crisis. This medical emergency occurs when blood pressure is 180/120 or higher. Blood pressure at that level can cause severe headaches, nosebleeds, shortness of breath, chest pain, and anxiety. If not treated immediately, a hypertensive crisis can cause damage to the blood vessels and organs, loss of consciousness, eye damage, kidney failure, stroke, or heart attack. People with untreated or poorly managed high blood pressure are at higher risk for a hypertensive crisis.