High blood pressure (hypertension) is no laughing matter; it can lead to heart attack, heart failure, vision loss, leg pain, kidney failure, and stroke (TIA) Trans Ischemic Attack.
If you think you may have high blood pressure you should see a doctor as soon as possible to begin a drug regimen to get it under control. Exercise and diet to lose weight can help to lower your blood pressure sometimes but most often it requires medication.
Blood pressure medications work a few different ways, there are diuretics which remove excess water and sodium in the blood. Drugs like amlodipine besylate which are calcium channel blockers, and drugs that are called beta blockers. Each of these drugs works differently but to the same and effect.
High blood pressure tends to be hereditary so if you have persons in your family with high blood pressure there is a good possibility that you could have it too. The best way to determine whether or not you do is to get regular physical exams; you should see your family doctor at least once a year for a checkup.
However there are symptoms to look out for that could possibly be indicative of high blood pressure. Symptoms of high blood pressure may include nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping, facial flushing, blood spots in the eyes, severe headache, fatigue or confusion, vision problems, chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, blood in the urine, and pounding in your chest, neck, or ears. If you experience any of these symptoms it is best for you to see your physician as they could be evidence of high blood pressure and could possibly be a warning of a hypertensive crisis that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.