High Blood Pressure Symptoms

May 12, 2018
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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As a family caregiver, your parent’s health and well-being are at the top of your priorities. In most circumstances, you think of the symptoms your parent might experience when it comes to their health issues as a means of evaluating their condition and the effectiveness of their care and treatment.

This means one of the most common questions you are likely to ask throughout your care journey with them is “does this condition have any symptoms?” or “what are the symptoms of this condition?

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. During this month, take some time to learn more about your parent’s health and well-being, as well as how high blood pressure can impact them so you can better monitor them and ensure they get the level of care they need as they age in place.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension or abbreviated as HBP, is often referred to as a silent killer because it rarely has any actual signs or symptoms.

In fact, approximately 20% of those who are living with high blood pressure, or 1 out of every 5 people with the condition, do not even know they have it because they do not experience any symptoms.

There is a common misconception that a person with high blood pressure will experience symptoms such as:

  • Sweating
  • Flushing
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Nosebleeds
  • Headaches

However, most people with high blood pressure will never experience these symptoms.

What Is a Hypertensive Crisis?

It is very important to note, however, that nosebleeds or headaches in a person with high blood pressure can indicate what is known as a hypertensive crisis. This is when blood pressure has reached a very dangerous level and requires immediate medical intervention.

If your parent has been experiencing symptoms that you are worried about, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss your concerns.

Contact Care Options for Kids for Home Health Care Services

If your aging parent has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or they are at an increased risk of suffering from this condition, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home health care for them.

An elderly home health care services provider can be with your aging parent on the schedule that is right for them regardless of how much care they need, how often they need it, or how much care you give them regularly.

This means whether your parent’s needs are mild or complex, you can work with the elderly home health care services provider to devise a course of care, management, support, and assistance that will help them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their later years. Through a highly personalized approach to their care, this home health care provider can help your loved one live the quality of life they desire and deserve, remain as independent as possible, and find meaning and fulfillment in this chapter in their life.

If your aging parent is dealing with a serious medical condition such as hypertension, this care provider can be a valuable source of support and assistance to help them manage their condition properly to protect their health and quality of life as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring adult home health care services, contact the caring staff at Care Options for Kids today. (888) 592-5855.

American Heart Association