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What could be the cause of headache and high blood pressure?

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I am waking up with a headache and high blood pressure tonight 170/97 any thoughts
Posted Fri, 15 Nov 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Anjana Rao Kavoor 59 minutes later
Brief Answer:
?Hypertension headache

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Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.

Hypertension headaches become a clear signal that they need to check on their blood pressure. When they attack they are usually accompanied by other obvious health conditions that can easily be identified. It is extremely important for patients to take note of any headaches that accompany the signs of high blood pressure. The reason is that whenever such a headache strikes, it is an indication that something is going wrong in their system and it needs to be checked out by the doctor. Abnormalities in the blood pressure are detected easily when this indicative headache suggests that things are not alright.

Sufferers of hypertension must remember to take their morning headache as a clear signal sent by the body that blood pressure is not okay and when it is checked, measures to rectify the problem need to be taken immediately. When this is not done, it is possible for devastating damage to be done on the body because high blood pressure interferes with the sound activity of many other body parts including vital areas like brain and heart. Apart from the fact that the headache is going to disrupt your daily routine, it is therefore a good reason to make sure that when you feel it, running to get painkillers should not be the solution. When a proper diagnosis for the underling cause has been discovered, it can be treated and in the process, your headache will simply fizzle out. There is medication nowadays that can effectively cure high blood pressure especially when it is combined with changes in one’s lifestyle.

Many times hypertension headaches begin as a mild attack which may be the reason why many sufferers do not take them too seriously. However there are times when the attack is so severe that it leads to a complete blackout but you do not want to wait until then. Other frustrating symptoms that are known to accompany hypertension headaches include palpitations and an irregular heartbeat, cramming in the legs, retinal hemorrhage and ultimately it could lead to kidney or heart failure. It needs to be noted that the symptoms may not be completely uniform for all patients and therefore a medical examination is what will reveal the truth about the cause of your persistent headache.The important thing you need to know is that you don’t need to take your headache lightly because it may be a signal that you need to do something to prevent future trouble with your blood pressure. You may want to have your blood pressure checked immediately as this may provide a simple clue whether the pain in your head is a normal one or you are coming down with a hypertension headache.

You must discuss this problem with your doctor and take necessary precautions.

Please note that if the headache is getting severe with or without other symptoms like black outs, visual problems, loss of balance, vomiting and nausea, you must immediately consult the doctor in the emergency room. You might need to undergo complete neurological clinical examination and investigations like CT scan or MRI scan brain if felt necessary.

I hope this helps.
Do write back in case of doubts.

Dr.A.Rao Kavoor
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