Hypertension is a dangerous condition that can lead to severe health problems. It can also be asymptomatic, meaning you may not even realize you have it. In most cases, hypertension is asymptomatic, but there are some signs to watch for.
For example, if you’ve had difficulty sleeping or are experiencing headaches, you should see a doctor to have your blood pressure checked. Your doctor will measure your blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer, which will let them know the exact pressure of your heart.
The first sign of high blood pressure is a pounding headache. You may also experience a nosebleed, or even a buzzing in your ears. Your vision may begin to blur, or you may notice that your eyes or ears feel twitchy.
Your eyelids may twitch, which is a symptom of high blood pressure. Moreover, if you’re experiencing frequent ear infections or nausea, your doctor may want to examine your eyes.
A doctor can measure your blood pressure through a cuff. A cuff is wrapped around your upper arm or leg (babies’ legs are smaller). The cuff squeezes the large artery and stops blood flow for a moment.
When the squeezing stops, the doctor will then measure your blood pressure. This is a two-part test, with the first number being the highest and the second number the lowest.