When you stop in at an urgent care center for treatment, head to the doctor's office for an appointment, or do pretty much anything that involves your health, one of the first things a practitioner will check is your blood pressure. Your blood pressure is used as a tool to monitor what is going on inside of your body, and it can point to all kinds of underlying issues that may not be so present on the outside of the body.
Most people understand that if their blood pressure is too high, it is a bad situation, but how do you know that your blood pressure is too high? Here are a few signs and symptoms to look out for so you know when to seek treatment.
You feel dizzy or lightheaded when you change positions.
Dizziness is perhaps one of the trademark symptoms of high blood pressure. You may notice that you feel dizzy when you get up from a seated position, but you may also feel dizzy when you are already up and moving around. The dizziness may subside when you rest, but if your blood pressure is extremely high, it is more likely the sensation will stick around even if you are sitting perfectly still.
Your face feels flushed and your skin may take on a redder hue.
Have you ever heard someone mention that a stressful situation left them feeling flushed and maybe their face turned red? This can happen to just about everyone under stress, but the underlying cause is usually changes in blood pressure. The difference in normal blood pressure fluctuations because of anxiety or stress and blood pressure that is more worrisome is these situations will last longer. You may notice that your cheeks, areas around your mouth, or even your nose looks redder than usual. You may even experience hot flashes or temporary bouts of feeling like your skin is on fire.
You have ongoing headaches and perhaps fatigue.
When your blood pressure is high, it is hard on your internal organs, even your brain. Because the blood vessels are constricted with high blood pressure, your brain may not be getting adequate blood flow, which can cause ongoing headaches. In general, you will also likely feel fatigued when your blood pressure stays high. You may notice that you are dragging and just don't feel very good throughout the day, or you may feel completely exhausted when you finally sit down for the day, and you may fall asleep faster or nod off while trying to read or watch TV.