Most people do not feel anything when their blood pressure is high. Over time, high blood pressure (hypertension) can damage your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys even without warning signs or symptoms. That is why high blood pressure is called the “Silent Killer.”
Since most people will not have symptoms with high blood pressure, it is important for everyone to have their blood pressure checked regularly. For more information about how and where to get your blood pressure checked, see How can I check my blood pressure?.
Some people may have these symptoms when they have high blood pressure:
- chest discomfort
- chest pain
- breathing problems
- eye discomfort
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to a healthcare provider. If you think you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
Other symptoms may be warning signs of a stroke. You should call 911 immediately if you have any of these symptoms:
- trouble speaking or understanding
- loss of balance or control
- face drooping, numbness or weakness, especially on one side of your body
See the American Stroke Association website for additional information about stroke warning signs and symptoms.