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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • As a rule, high blood pressure cannot be sensed and in fact causes no discomfort at all. If there is any discomfort this is due to hypertension complications, which usually appear many years after its appearance. That's why in the USA hypertension is known as "the silent killer".
  • Headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, face flashing etc. are not caused by hypertension, even in the case of very high blood pressure (for example systolic more than 200 mmHg). In fact, the opposite usually happens: the concern that these symptoms may be due to high blood pressure, which means increased risk of a stroke, may increase blood pressure.
  • Hypertension does not cause nosebleeds either. The noticeable rise in blood pressure that is apparent during such cases is due to the concern (or even panic) caused by the bleeding. This rise in blood pressure subsides without medication when the patient relaxes.

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G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
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K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
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