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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the symptoms of hypertension?

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    Dr Alistair Begg

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Alistair Begg is a Cardiologist with 15 years experience in private practice.He is actively involved in Cardiac Rehabilitation and patient education including a number … View Profile

    Generally, hypertension causes no symptoms, and as such is often referred to as the “silent killer”. Some people are aware of headache,dizziness, blurred vision, or palpitations, all of which can be a sign of impending complications from high blood pressure.

  • Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    Thank you HF and Dr Begg for emphasising the predominantly silent nature of hypertension.

    As an endocrinologist we also evaluate/manage endocrine/secondary causes of hypertension which are often associated with sypmtoms.

    Phaeochromocytoma classically give attacks of headache, sweatiness and palpitations.

    Cushing's disease which classically are associated with weight gain, hyperglycemia, proximal muscle weakness, “Cushingnoid” body fat distribution, purple stretch marks, visual field changes, headache.

    Acromegaly, which is associated with enlargement of soft-tissues of the body, including fingers, hands, feet, toes, facial features, visual field changes, headache.

    There are many other secondary causes of hypertension that can give rise to symptoms which are beyond the scope of this particular Q&A.

    Therefore the general advice would be to seek prompt medical attention if there are unusual, suspicious or serious symptoms associated with hypertension.

    Dr Kevin Lee
    BSc, MBBS, MHS(Clin Epi), FRACP
    Consultant Physician Endocrinologist

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