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Signs of a Blood Pressure Problem

By Genevieve Cunningham

Blood pressure is a big deal. You probably already know of blood pressure that's not ideal; whether it’s too high or too low can cause you some significant health problems. But considering we only check blood pressure when we’re already at the doctor for something else, how are we supposed to know if ours is on track? Take a look at these signs that your blood pressure may be suffering so that you can get checked and get healthy in no time.

Signs of High Blood Pressure

When we think of problems with blood pressure, we almost always think of blood pressure that is too high. Some symptoms that may indicate high blood pressure include:

  • Headaches - These can vary widely in frequency and intensity, so be aware! Any recurrent headaches without a known cause should be checked out by a professional.

  • Vision Problems - You may notice blurred vision, or vision that comes and goes. If there's a change, get to a doctor.

  • Nose Bleeds - There is literally too much pressure in your veins, and it has to go somewhere. Nose bleeds may happen out of nowhere, though the intensity and frequency can vary widely.

  • Breathing Problems - High blood pressure can make it incredibly difficult to breathe. You may find that each breath feels shallow or empty.

Signs of Low Blood Pressure

Even though high blood pressure is more common, blood pressure that is too low is also a problem. Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness or fainting - Your veins actually need a certain pressure in order to function well. When too low, it can lead to a feeling of dizziness or in worst case scenarios, even fainting.

  • Blurred vision - Just like high blood pressure, low pressure may manifest as a problem in the eyes. Blurry vision or spots that block your line of vision are common complaints.

  • Rapid heartbeat - Your body knows there isn’t enough pressure in the veins, and so it desperately tries to pump blood to those areas to make it rise again. This may result in a heartbeat that feels very fast or irregular.

If you suspect high or low blood pressure, it’s important to seek out the care of a professional. You may need medicine, significant lifestyle changes, or testing for other underlying problems. Don’t wait and let it get worse! Get to the doctor for a quick checkup, and protect your health now and in the future.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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