May 17 is celebrated as World Hypertension Day. It’s time we are more aware of hypertension. Based on WHO data in 2015, there are 1.13 billion people in the world who suffer from hypertension and only 36.8 percent routinely consume the drug. The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia states that there are 25.8 percent of Indonesia’s population experiencing hypertension.
This needs to be a concern, because hypertension is often referred to as the silent killer. Often the sufferer does not know that he is suffering from hypertension and just found out when experiencing complications. Before it’s too late, it’s good to know the following symptoms of hypertension, let’s go! Let’s identify the signs!
1. Feeling a headache
What is the correlation between headache and hypertension? According to a paper published by the Iranian Journal of Neurology, headaches due to high blood pressure usually occur on two sides of the head. Why this happened? Hypertension results in excessive pressure on the brain and ultimately makes the head dizzy and throbbing, says the Medical News Today page.
However, other studies have shown that headaches are not always a symptom, unless high blood pressure reaches 180/120 or more, explained the page of the American Heart Association. So, never underestimate if you experience a headache, huh! It also includes sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and difficulty walking.
2. Vision becomes blurred
Do you often experience sudden blurred vision? It could be, it is a symptom of hypertension, you know! High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply blood to the retina and cause retinopathy, bright the Mayo Clinic page. As a result, our vision becomes blurred and blurred.
Detect this symptom from an early age! No need to hesitate too to see a doctor. Because if it’s late, retinopathy will have an increasingly severe impact and cause bleeding in the eyes and total vision loss! Scary, isn’t it?
3. Irregular heartbeat
Beware if your heartbeat is suddenly irregular. Because, it could be a symptom of hypertension without you realizing it! Because high blood pressure is related to the performance of the heart, the heart will also be affected. The heartbeat that was originally normal, suddenly can beat fast and have an irregular rhythm.
If you are not sensitive to the condition of your own body, it is feared something fatal will happen. Because high blood pressure can cause arrhythmias. If left unchecked, this will trigger a heart attack, heart failure and stroke, explained the Futurity page.
4. Difficulty breathing
Ever climbed the stairs a few steps, then found it difficult to breathe? In fact, usually you can do it without any obstacles? Mark the changes, because it could be the next symptom of hypertension!
Blood pressure affects the body’s ability to circulate oxygen-containing blood to the heart, said the Michigan Health page. Due to lack of oxygen intake, breathing becomes short and we find it difficult to breathe. These symptoms can refer to pulmonary hypertension.
5. Feeling tired
One or two times tired, maybe it’s because of excessive physical activity. However, if you often experience fatigue, it could be a sign of hypertension! Avogel’s page mentions that fatigue and chest pain are indicators of hypertension.
Fatigue can also arise from the treatment we do. Fatigue is a common side effect of drugs used to lower blood pressure, explains the Avogel page. Blood pressure medications can slow down the pumping action of the heart and the body reacts by producing less energy. As a result, we easily feel tired!