Can High Blood Pressure Cause Headaches?

25 June 2019 Medoozle Staff
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A countrywide National Health Survey (2017 - 2018) displayed that the incidence of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has nearly doubled among UAE residents in the last six years. The results from the study revealed that approximately 28.8% suffer with high blood pressure today.

The high tension in the arteries, the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, is known as high blood pressure. A normal blood pressure reading is within the range of 90/60 and 120/80.

High blood pressure leads to complications like heart disease, kidney failure, brain damage (stroke), damage to the eyes and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

The causes of high blood pressure can be attributed to the following:

- Genetic predisposition to high pressure
- Abnormal arteries
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Higher salt intake

High blood pressure typically does not have any telling symptoms and hence earned the title of the ‘silent killer’. A lot of people complain about experiencing headaches, nausea, shortness of breath and pulsating in the neck and head.  

When does high blood pressure cause headaches?

The American Heart Association maintains that high blood pressure does not cause headaches unless the pressure levels exceed the reading of 180/120.

It is only when someone is in the middle of dealing with a hypertensive crisis, that he or she will experience symptoms such as a severe headache. This type of headache is unlike any other headache, because during a hypertensive crisis, pressure levels in the cranium (the part of the skull that encloses the brain) go up to critical levels and causes pulsating pain.

Though a severe headache can be indicative of a serious issue, a conclusion should only be made after taking a test, to be completely certain. In instances where you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and are having frequent headaches, we’d recommend seeing a doctor immediately.

Controlling High Blood Pressure

In order to prevent or control high blood pressure, the best thing to do is to constantly check your blood pressure readings to manage pressure. Identify common stressors, maintain your diet and devise a regular exercise regime to maintain a healthy body weight. You can read more about managing your blood pressure in our article here.


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