High blood pressure is often seen as a male health problem, but it can also affect women almost as much as it affects men, so it is something to be mindful of. If it is not managed properly, high blood pressure can lead to some serious health complications. There are a number of things that can cause high blood pressure but more often than not, it’s down to diet and weight or stress. So, eating healthier foods and finding ways to reduce stress should make a big difference. However, you also need to know how to spot the signs, which means being able to identify some of the other problems that are caused by high blood pressure. Here are some of the key things to watch out for.
There are, of course, all sorts of reasons that people get headaches. You might be stressed out or maybe a bit dehydrated, or maybe you’re coming down with something. Eating a healthy breakfast and drinking plenty of water in the mornings might get rid of your headache problem, but if it doesn’t, there could be something else going on. You should always see a doctor to get checked out and often, your headaches will be down to high blood pressure.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common in people that work in an office, so if you spend all day on the computer, it’s something that you need to be aware of. If you notice weakness, numbness, or pain in your hands and fingers, that’s a sign that you have carpal tunnel syndrome and, in some cases, you may need hand surgery to fix the issue. Although carpal tunnel is often caused by repetitive actions, like typing, high blood pressure can also be a contributing factor. So, if you struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s worth checking your blood pressure, just in case.
Dizziness is another common symptom of high blood pressure to look out for. Regular feelings of dizziness throughout the day can be caused by low blood pressure too, but if you notice that you feel dizzy immediately after standing up, there’s a good chance that it could be down to high blood pressure. It’s the sudden change in pressure, which is more pronounced if your blood pressure is high, that causes the dizziness. Make sure that you are eating and drinking properly, but if the symptoms persist, see a doctor.
Chest pains can be quite scary and sometimes, they are a symptom of a very serious health problem, so you should never ignore them. Regular chest pains are common in women with high blood pressure, so if it starts happening a lot, your doctor will suggest ways to bring your blood pressure down.
A lot of women fail to get the right treatment for their high blood pressure because the common myth that it’s a primarily male health issue means that they overlook it. But high blood pressure affects women too, so make sure that you get yourself checked out if you notice any of these symptoms.