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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Danger

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.

Hypertension is usually chronic and caused by multiple factors that develop over time, including coronary artery disease or coronary vascular disease and obesity. The simplest way to know you have it is to check your blood pressure at our office.
People with chronic hypertension rarely have symptoms, including:

  • Dull headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Anxiety

These symptoms are common to other health problems, as well. To discover what’s causing your symptoms, you need the diagnostic capabilities of Dr. Craig R. Peterson, a board-certified cardiologist and caring heart doctor.

Emergency Symptoms

If blood pressure spikes suddenly and extremely, it’s a medical emergency. Please call 911 immediately. Blood pressure readings of 180 or above for the first number (systolic) and/or 110 or above for the second number (diastolic) define a hypertensive crisis. If you check 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 before seeking emergency help. Also look for:

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

Without treatment, someone in hypertensive crisis can suffer a life-threatening stroke. If you have that kind of emergency, call 911. If you need more information about the latest high blood pressure treatment options, call Eastern Shore Heart Center at 251.990.1930. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your preferred consultation time. Our high blood pressure patients come to us from Daphne, Foley, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort and Fairhope in Baldwin County, AL and close-by communities in Mobile County.