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When to Call Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

bloodpressureHypertension symptoms? Often there aren't any. High blood pressure is often called the "silent" disease, because it may have no noticeable symptoms.

If undetected and untreated, hypertension can cause heart disease (including congestive heart failure and heart attack), stroke, and kidney disease. That's why it is important to have regular physical examinations to make sure your blood pressure is within the normal range. This is especially important if your blood pressure has ever been high, if you have a family history of hypertension, or if you are gaining weight.

 

If you are being treated for high blood pressure, your doctor can answer any questions or concerns you may have during your regular visits. However, there may be situations that warrant a call to your doctor.

For example:

  • If you aren't responding to the treatment your doctor prescribed and your blood pressure is still high
  • If you have certain symptoms, including fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, headache, excessive sweating, problems with your vision, or confusion; these may be serious and should warrant prompt medical attention. They could be from uncontrolled high blood pressure or from medication side effects.

If you have any concerns about your condition, don't hesitate to call your doctor.

If you have high blood pressure (or hypertension) and are having problems with erectile dysfunction (ED), the first step toward a solution is to see your doctor. You may be a bit hesitant to discuss your sex life with a doctor, but rest assured your doctor has heard it all before and will know how to help you. Erectile dysfunction is fairly common. One study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that nearly half of men over 40 with high blood pressure have ED.