Blood pressure is the force that the heart has to exert in order to pump blood through the arteries. If the heart faces resistance in pumping blood, it has to work harder to pump blood. This condition is known as high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often called the silent killer. There are no obvious symptoms of hypertension and many hypertensive patients may actually not be aware of their condition.
The symptoms of hypertension are not obvious, but they do exist. These symptoms are usually in a mild form. The problem is that these symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions and may be easily misinterpreted.
Some of the symptoms of high blood pressure are dizzy spells, blurred vision, headache and nausea.
The only way to determine if you are suffering from high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked by using a sphygmomanometer. There are a number of portable blood pressure measuring devices that can be used at home to determine if your blood pressure is too high.
People often do not seek medical care until they have symptoms arising from the organ damage caused by chronic high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure can result in coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure and eye damage.