High blood pressure means the force of the blood pushing against a person’s artery walls is consistently too high. This can have life-threatening health complications if the correct steps are not taken to bring a high pressure reading back down to normal levels. Known as the “silent killer”, the condition is not always obvious to suffers until it is too late. Left untreated it could cause heart attack, stroke and even possibly death. Knowing the signs and symptoms of the condition is therefore paramount in staving off serious health complications. Have you ever noticed this symptom in your hands or face?
Feeling a tingling sensation in the hands could mean a person is at risk of developing hypertension.
Most people have felt a tingling sensation in their hands at some point however it often goes away eventually and is no cause for great concern.
But it could also be caused by something more serious, and could be a sign of hypertension, according to the medical website LiveStrong.
It said: “Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and renal disease.
“When not controlled blood pressure levels can rise to the point that you start to experience physical symptoms.
“Some of the symptoms are nonspecific and may be overlooked as being a byproduct of some less serious condition or external cause.
“These include headache, fatigue, anxiety, confusion or forgetfulness, excessive perspiration or dizziness.
“These symptoms can worsen acutely and in some cases result in sudden death.”
Harvard Health said on their website: “Numbness or tingling is an unpleasant sensation in which there is reduced or absent feeling in the skin or a ‘pins and needles’ sensation.
“The most common reason for numbness or tingling is problem with nerve function, either because the nerve itself is injured, something is pressing on the nerve, or an imbalance in the body’s chemistry interferes with nerve function.”
A person should speak to their GP straight away if they experience any muscle tremors, or have sudden falls.
A weakness or numbness on the side of the face, and difficulty speaking or understanding speech could also be warning signs of the condition.
Having a reading of more than 180/120mmHg can damage blood vessels, and they may leak fluid or blood.
If you suspect you or someone you know may have high blood pressure it is important to speak with your GP and adjust your diet accordingly.