Symptoms and Diagnosis of Hypertension

Signs and Symptoms of Hypertension

It is common to have no symptoms of uncontrolled hypertension until the condition causes a health-related problem. Ongoing damage to other organs affected by hypertension may be occurring silently without the patient being aware that they have hypertension.

Some people may present with:

  • Headaches,
  • Dizziness,
  • Shortness of breath, or
  • Epistaxis (nose bleed). 


It is often likely that patients present with other conditions that are related to hypertension such as:

  • Stroke / TIA’s, 
  • Heart attack,  
  • Cardiovascular disease, 
  • Blurred vision / visual changes,
  • Deteriorating kidney function,
  • Poor memory, and 
  • Heart failure1


Diagnosis of Hypertension

In the absence of any specific symptoms, diagnosis is usually made at a routine visit to a patients’ General Practitioner where their blood pressure may be tested or after a patient has presented with a condition caused by uncontrolled hypertension. 


Hypertension is classified into a number of ranges:

Hypertension Types
Source: American Heart Association2


To learn about the Treatment Options available for Hypertension, click here.


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