- Chest pain
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Numbness or weakness in the arms, legs, or face
If you experience a spike in your blood pressure, be sure to seek emergency help, or take blood pressure medication.
Your doctor would give you advice on what you can do if it happens.
It’s also important to be aware of what causes of sudden high blood pressure as this can help you avoid these situations and keep your blood pressure under control.
Here are some of the possible causes:
Stress is a big contributor when it comes to the risk of blood pressure spikes. This is because being under stress can increase a person’s blood pressure. And for someone with hypertension, stress can increase their blood pressure even more, causing it to suddenly spike.
Another contributing factor is that people who are stressed can sometimes develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. This includes smoking, drinking alcohol, and drug use, which are contributors to a blood pressure spike.
This is why it is important for people with hypertension to take some time to relax and destress. It’s also a good idea to look for healthier coping mechanisms such as meditating, exercising, or playing sports to help relieve stress.
Stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines also increase a person’s blood pressure. Since these drugs are stimulants, these drugs cause a person’s heart to beat faster, which in turn increases their blood pressure.
If someone with hypertension takes these drugs, then their blood pressure can spike to very dangerous levels. Not to mention constant drug use can also put a lot of strain on the heart.
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