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Q. Can hypertension cause severe headaches?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 20, 2017

Hello doctor,

I am a 26 year old male, who weighs 173 lbs. I am having severe headaches for a few days now. I am currently taking Percocet for this headache. I was told that I have hypertension. My blood pressure is 168/98 mmHg, and pulse is 120 and steady. Please help.

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiology General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your headaches are probably caused due to your high blood pressure. A headache can also increase the BP, but not this much.

As you are so young, the cause of hypertension should be found out first. So, I suggest you undergo tests like kidney function test, renal artery doppler, serum cortisol, 24-hour urine metanephrines, lipid profile, and sugar level.

Do you do any drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, etc.? As it can also cause hypertension.

Till you get all the tests done, I suggest you try doing the following.

  1. Try taking tablet Telmisartan 40 mg once a day. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start the medicines after their consent.
  2. You should follow a healthy lifestyle like avoiding fatty, oily, meat, and a high-calorie diet. Have low-salt diet, and monitor blood pressure regularly, thrice a day for one week then once or twice a week. If BP is persistently more than 140/90 mmHg, then we need to optimize medicines for it.
  3. Regular exercises like brisk walking and jogging, according to your capacity for at least 30 minutes a day and five days a week.
  4. Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, fruits, fish once or twice a week, avoid meat.
  5. Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol if any.

Hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.

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