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Are You on Your Way to Malignant Hypertension?

Malignant hypertension is when a person has very high blood pressure, and it is usually accompanied by a swelling of the optic nerve called papilledema, and can also lead to major organ damage.  In most cases the person’s blood pressure readings will be over 240 and 120 for their systolic and diastolic readings respectively.  

It is more common among people of African origin, but it can also affect those people who smoke heavily. Also, there is about 1% risk that if you have high blood pressure you may go on to develop malignant hypertension.

Unfortunately malignant hypertension does not restrict itself to a specific age group or gender; young children, young adults and pregnant women could all be susceptible to this problem as well.

As this particular condition is difficult to control (meaning bringing the blood pressure back down to a level that is considered to be normal) it can cause damage to other vital organs in the body as well, including the heart, brain, eyes, kidneys or a person’s blood vessels.  In most cases the damage caused to the major organs and the arteries can be irreparable.

Many people who suffer with this form of hypertension will very often exhibit certain symptoms such as headaches and vomiting.  Whilst for others they may find that they do not produce as much urine as normal.

Other symptoms include abnormal feelings in their limbs (arms and legs) as well as other areas of the body.  Plus there are the chances that a person will have problems with their vision becoming blurred or fuzzy.

A number of people may show some psychological and mental symptoms, including suffering with anxiety, and have difficulty becoming settled (restless), whilst others will be the complete opposite and feel sluggish and find it difficult to concentrate.

Another symptom of malignant hypertension includes chest pains and difficulty breathing (in some cases a cough may also be present) and potentially a general weakness in the body.

If caught early and immediate medical attention is administered to lower the elevated blood pressure, then damage can be minimized.  However, if the condition is allowed to continue, and the person effected does not seek immediate medical attention vital organs are likely to become damaged which can lead to severe complications or even death.

It cannot be stressed enough that if a person has not had their blood pressure checked recently, or they are showing the symptoms of hypertension then they should seek medical advice immediately.

The treatment of malignant high blood pressure needs to be carried out carefully.  The doctor will be aware that it is important to bring the elevated blood pressure under control as soon as possible.  But if the blood pressure is reduced too rapidly, then this can also cause complications for the person.

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