High blood pressure: Bleeding may signal dangerously high levels – what to spot

, medically known as hypertension, is a blood pressure reading higher than 130/80 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). Having high blood pressure puts you at a heightened risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions like a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure is sometimes called the silent killer because it often doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms but blood secreting from a certain body part could indicate your risk.

In a study published in the National Library of Health, epistaxis and hypertension were further investigated.

This study was conducted involving a total of 80 patients who were divided into two groups: Group A consisted of 40 patients who presented with epistaxis, and Group B consisted of 40 patients who served as a control group.

Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) was performed for all patients and was followed up for a period of three months.

The study noted: “There was a highly significant positive correlation between the number of attacks of epistaxis and BP readings.”

The study concluded no definite association between epistaxis and hypertension.

“Epistaxis was not initiated by high BP but was more difficult to control in hypertensive patients,” it added.

Other symptoms of a hypertensive crisis according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Severe headache, accompanied by confusion and blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Unresponsiveness.


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