High Blood Pressure (Hypertension); The 10 Most Common Symptoms

8. Chest pain

Certain symptoms can become a warning sign by themselves or when associated with other symptoms in this list. Chest pain is a dangerous symptom that patients should notice and fix before it’s too late. There are various sources of chest pain, and heart attack is a likely candidate. In high blood pressure, heart attack risk is increased because of a continuous pressure upon the blood vessels and the potential breakage of cholesterol plaques in the arteries.

When this happens, blood volume is compromised to the heart tissue, and chest pain ensues. It is commonly felt like an oppressive type of pain located in the middle of the chest or the left part of the chest. The pain would sometimes migrate to the left shoulder and arm, the neck and jaw, and other areas of the body. If you feel this type of pain, come to the emergency room regardless of your blood pressure readings for a medical exam.