Can high blood pressure cause headaches?


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High blood pressure typically produces no discernable symptoms, reports WebMD. However, people who experience an extremely high blood pressure event, known as hypertensive crisis, may suffer a headache along with other symptoms, according to the American Heart Association.

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The American Heart Association notes that it's a common misconception that people experience nervousness, difficulty sleeping and headaches with high blood pressure. Chronic high blood pressure is sometimes undetected without testing due to other health conditions. The malignant form of extremely high blood pressure that does cause headaches and other symptoms is viewed as a medical emergency, reports WebMD. Systolic readings over 180 and diastolic readings over 110 are malignant.

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