Hypertension (high blood pressure)

High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because it usually causes no symptoms. Some hypertensive people may experience occasional headaches. Far too many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it.

Common symptoms of hypertension

Hypertension is generally chronic. It is caused by multiple factors that develop over time, including coronary heart disease and obesity. The simplest way to know you have it is to check your blood pressure at our office. In rare cases, people with chronic hypertension have symptoms including:

  • Dull headaches
  • Dizzy spells
  • Nosebleeds

These symptoms can apply to other health problems, too. To really know what’s causing your symptoms, you need the diagnostic capabilities of Dr. Ola Akinboboye. He holds a special certification in clinical hypertension from the American Society of Hypertension, along with four board certifications in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, internal medicine and sleep medicine.

Emergency symptoms

When blood pressure spikes suddenly and extremely, it’s a medical emergency. A hypertensive crisis is defined as blood pressure readings of 180 or above for the first number (systolic) and/or 110 or above for the second number (diastolic). If you are checking your own blood pressure and get a reading that high, wait a few minutes and then check again to make sure the first reading was accurate. Other crisis symptoms may include:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe nosebleed

Without treatment, a person in hypertensive crisis can suffer a life-threatening stroke. If you have that kind of emergency, call 911. If you need more information about today’s high blood pressure treatment options, talk to Dr. Ola at 718.949.9400.

To learn more about high blood pressure, call Queens Heart Institute at 718.949.9400 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your comprehensive heart health consultation. We provide care to the communities of South Jamaica, Rosedale, Elmont, Jamaica, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens in Queens County, NY.