Headache due to arterial hypertension

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Headache due to Arterial Hypertension are usually felt in the back of the head (occipital region). The pain is felt as an extreme tension in this region, and it usually affects the patient mostly at lunch hours and in the afternoon.

While the headache spell is ongoing, the arterial pressure is high, the patient appears flushed, their veins are bloated, the patient complains of throbbing pain in the temples, excessive noise and vertigo.

What can High Blood Pressure Cause?

High blood pressure often doesn’t cause symptoms for years. It can develop slowly a few physical symptoms earning the name ‘silent killer’. High blood pressure can cause severe hypertension headaches, but usually is not the cause of recurrent headaches.

  • Headaches by high blood pressure may be caused when a person have a blood pressure of 200/100 or higher to trigger a headache episode, this can acquire immediate attention as a medical emergency.

    The intensity may vary from mild to severe depending on how high a person’s blood pressure is at the onset of the headache. Headaches due to arterial hypertension are dull, occipital localized, accompanied by throbbing noise in the ears, confusion, blurred vision. Patients may experience also headaches when they undergo hypertension treatment.


Some of the medications used to treat hypertension can cause headaches.

A physician should determine if the pain is caused by the hypertension or not. Blood pressure can also increase when you are in pain.

  • In a patient who complains of headache and a high blood pressure is detected, it is crucial to review drugs and ask the patient about cocaine and other drug abuse (cocaine, amphetamine, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, clonidine, alcohol) especially when interacting with tyramine-containing foods.

Preventing Headaches related to High Blood Pressure

Treating or preventing headaches related to high blood pressure requires proper diagnosis. This is why it is important to consult a doctor whenever you are hypertensive and experience headaches, in order to receive proper treatment for both high blood pressure and headaches that come with in.

The treatment of hypertension headaches is an etiology treatment going directly to the cause of the problem.

  • Patients are recommended to begin a healthy diet, exercise and strictly controlled hypertension medication, which can help to regulate blood pressure and the occurrence of headaches.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 8 Jan 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi