High blood pressure, or hypertension, has been called a ‘silent killer.’ It’s also known as an ‘invisible’ illness. What that all means is high blood pressure doesn’t cause obvious symptoms that patients — or doctors — can readily detect by observation alone.
The issue is that if high blood pressure isn’t caught and controlled, it can eventually cause serious health damage including heart disease and stroke. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, people with high blood pressure fared worse in terms of severe illness, hospitalization and death.
On the flip side, certain conditions like sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and its consequences. Either way, regular blood pressure checks — at health care visits and at home — can spot high blood pressure, prevent or pinpoint medical problems and pave the way for a treatment plan.
Hypertension is known as an invisible condition for good reason. “Most of the time, high blood pressure has no symptoms,” There’s a hypothetical risk of having a headache and maybe visual changes as a first presentation when people have high blood pressure, and chest pain or having a stroke — but usually people don’t have such extreme symptoms.It’s usually just, they come to the doctor for something else and they’re found to have high blood pressure.