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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blood Pressure-Related Headaches

Hypertension (high blood pressure) and hypotension (low blood pressure) can both cause headaches.

Hypertension can be present with no discernible symptoms and is usually discovered during a routine medical examination. Headache is only one indicator of high blood pressure that usually feels like a band tightening around your head, with the headache worse in the morning, and feelings of fatigue, dizziness and heart palpitations present. If you experience any of these symptoms for the first time, it is an excellent idea to have your blood pressure checked.

A little known cause of high blood pressure to the general public is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is in the TMD/TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) family of known causes of high blood pressure and various other medical conditions.

Hypotension can also be responsible for headaches that usually occur when you change positions quickly, such as standing quickly from a sitting position. Any change in normal health patterns should be checked by a physician to rule out underlying problems not previously apparent to you.

Treatment for blood pressure related headaches is easily accomplished by controlling your blood pressure through thorough medical evaluation and treatment.

If you believe your headache is related to a blood pressure problem, please contact an experienced headache specialist in your area without delay.

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