High Blood Pressure

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Episode of high blood pressure describes high blood pressure at a point in time. Blood pressure varies on a second to second basis and it is considered high if the systolic blood pressure is 140 mmHg and above. The systolic blood pressure is the first or top number in blood pressure measurements and measures the force the heart produces each time it beats.

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Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have high blood pressure (above 140mmHg)?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

  • Have you had any lightheadedness recently?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

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References

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  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/

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Yoshinori Abe, MD

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