Warning Signs of Hypertension
Evaluation by your doctor will include a history and physical examination. Possible signs and symptoms you should tell your doctor about are:
- Blurring or loss of vision.
- Chest pain.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Mild to severe (very bad) headache.
- Sudden unexplained body weakness.
- Trouble breathing.
Seek immediate help by calling 911 if you have any of the following:
- A very bad headache, dizziness, trouble thinking clearly (confusion), or have problems with understanding things or talking.
- Chest pain or discomfort that spreads to your arms, jaw, or back.
- Lips or nail beds that turn blue or white in color.
- Nausea (upset stomach), sweating, or trouble breathing.
- Not able to see out of one or both of your eyes.
- Unusual, sudden back pain.
- Weakness or numbness in your arm, leg, or face. This may happen on only one side of your body.
Tell your doctor if you have other diseases or medical conditions. Your doctor needs to know if you have a family history of heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes. Tell them about all the medicines that you use, including herbs, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines. Your doctor needs to know if you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or use street drugs. Tell your doctors about your diet, work conditions, activities, and about things that cause stress in your life.
Follow up with specialists if recommended:
You may need to see a specialist if you have resistant hypertension. Resistant hypertension is when your blood pressure cannot be decreased even with treatments. If you are under 20 years old, or your blood pressure has suddenly increased, you may need to see a doctor. You will need appointments with other doctors if you have organ damage or if another condition is causing your hypertension.