Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
Most people don't have any symptoms and don't know that they have high blood pressure.
before I was diagnosed, I never had any symptoms. I was at the fair and a local hospital had a booth where you could get your blood pressure checked. Well, I had mine checked and it was extremely high. The nurse who took it told me I should go to my doctor immediately since I was a stroke waiting to happen. I didn't go right away, but when I did, I was immediately put on medication which I took for over 10 years.
In 2004, I became very lax about taking it since I felt fine! In Dec that year, 5 days after my 48th birthday, I had a stroke while at work. It was a small one, but a wake up call. I am now on a different BP med twice a day and Plavix once a day. I changed doctors to the one who saw me in the hospital since my old doctor couldn't be bothered to visit me the entire 5 days I was in the hospital and never even called to see how I was doing!
But my point is, I never had any symptoms before I was diagnosed. But you should talk to your doctor about the episodes of lightheadedness.