The most common cause of headache. This is how a dangerous disease is disguised, and patients take painkillers for years

The most common cause of headache.  This is how a dangerous disease is disguised, and patients take painkillers for years

Headache may indicate, among other things, hypertension, so this symptom should not be underestimated. Contrary to appearances, this disease does not only affect older people, but younger people should also be careful.

Headache is a common ailment that may have various causes and be characterized by varying degrees of severity; it is one of the most frequently reported pain complaints. There are many types of headaches, including tension headaches and migraines. The cause may also be head injuries, but also other diseases. It turns out that the most common cause is hypertension, although many people are not aware of it.

Arterial hypertension is the most common cause of headaches

“We take headache pills, and the most common cause of pain is high blood pressure,” said Dr. Tadeusz Zębik, head of the cardiology department of Municipal Hospital No. 4 in Gliwice, in an interview with PAP. It is also worth noting that hypertension is one of the most common diseases in the world, and up to 12 million people in our country may struggle with it. “So we have a multi-million patient population and about 40% of them are he doesn't know he has high blood pressure. This is a factor that slowly damages our vessels and causes many long-term complications, including strokes, heart attacks and other peripheral complications,” the specialist added.

What are other symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension may be asymptomatic, but some patients also experience symptoms of this condition. These include, among others, headache (most often located at the back of the head, in the occipital area), but not only. Dizziness, tinnitus or spots before the eyes may also occur. Some people also experience nervousness, insomnia, heart palpitations or nosebleeds.

Remember that you cannot ignore any disturbing symptoms, as they may be a signal of more serious health problems. It is worth seeing a doctor to obtain a professional diagnosis and prevent possible complications by starting treatment early.

What factors contribute to the occurrence of hypertension?

Hypertension may not cause any symptoms for years, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including stroke or heart attack. It is therefore very important to check your blood pressure preventively. The likelihood of developing hypertension increases in people who follow an inappropriate diet (especially if it is rich in saturated fats), consume excessive amounts of salt and abuse alcohol. Additionally, people who are obese, smoke cigarettes and live under stress should be very careful.

Risk factors for too high blood pressure also include lack of exercise and exercise. Genetic factors also play a significant role (if there is a history of hypertension in the family). Remember that you can take measurements at a preventive kiosk – these are stands for prevention and health promotion in 16 provincial branches of the National Health Fund. There you will check your blood pressure, measure your height and weight, and perform a body composition analysis.

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