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Ask the Doc (Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiology): Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Ask the Doc (Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiology): Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

  • Posted Feb 16, 2015
  • Karan Munuswamy, MD

Q: Can I tell - based on how I feel - if my blood pressure is elevated?

Dr. Munuswamy: High blood pressure is a silent killer and usually does not cause any symptoms unless it is extremely high. A common misconception is that high blood pressure causes symptoms such as headache, nervousness, facial flushing, difficulty sleeping or nosebleeds. In fact, studies have shown that only 17% of the patients treated for high blood pressure emergencies had nose bleeds, and those with high blood pressure are 40% less likely to experience headaches as compared to those with normal blood pressure.

Dr. Munuswamy is a board certified cardiologist and is a hypertension specialist who practices with the Holy Cross Medical Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more informatio on Dr. Munuswamy, incuding referral information, call 954-900-6659.


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