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High Blood Pressure and Headaches

High Blood Pressure Headaches:  Causes and long-term solutions.Headaches are no laughing matter, but high blood pressure and headaches, together, is more grave.

High blood pressure is commonly referred to as a “silent disease” because it typically doesn't announce itself with any hallmark signs, and has no universal symptoms.

Recurrent or worsening headache had been the closest thing to a “real” hypertension symptom.

It has been noted for decades that people with high blood pressure seem to suffer more frequent and severe headaches.

Increased blood pressure causes a phenomenon called autoregulation in the blood vessels that run through the tissue underneath the skull (where most headaches start).

In other words, the autoregulation leads to constriction of these blood vessels, a very well known cause of some headache symptoms, including migraines.

Hypertension Headaches

Emerging research from Norway suggests that high blood pressure and headaches may be somewhat mutually exclusive. It hints that people with high blood pressure may actually have fewer headaches than those with normal blood pressure.

The studies, conducted in Norwegian patients were published in a medical journal in the United States. They were designed as a follow up to an earlier research.

This research discovered that people with elevated, untreated high blood pressure were as much as 50% less likely to suffer hypertension headaches than were patients with similar health profiles but enjoyed “normal” blood pressure.

Among participants in the study, those with higher systolic pressures and wider pulse pressures seemed to be the most protected from headache.

Interestingly, patients with high blood pressure who were receiving treatment seemed to have headache risk similar to that of patients with normal blood pressure.

This treatment/headache risk relationship persisted even in patients who continued to have some elevation in their blood pressure readings despite treatment. This suggests that headache risk may rise as blood pressure falls.

Headache Signals

Researchers don’t yet know why elevated blood pressure protects against headaches.

Theories range from altered levels of certain hormones and blood chemicals to differences in artery stiffness. Arteries tend to become more stiff as blood pressure rises, one of the main reasons that high blood pressure can lead to blood vessel damage.

So are you confused? So are we!  On one hand tradition and science suggest that High Blood Pressure may be signaled by headache, and on the other hand, new research suggest High Blood pressure may “protect” some individuals from headache symptoms. This is truly a double edge sword.

Treatment and Options

While this Norwegian study may be a small piece of good news for those suffering from high blood pressure, the risks of elevated blood pressure still far outweigh any associated headache reduction benefits.

If you are being treated for high blood pressure and are suffering from frequent or severe headaches, you should speak with your doctor.

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High Blood Pressure Headaches