Hypertension – high blood pressure – is often described as a silent killer because it doesn’t trigger many symptoms. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is simply measuring it either with a cuff device or wrist machine. These machines measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
There is one symptom which could signal your blood pressure levels, and it involves you listening very carefully.
Hearing a heartbeat in your ears could be a sign of high blood pressure. This noise is louder when you are sitting in silence or lying in bed. It is known as pulsatile tinnitus, and it could be triggered by high blood pressure or carotid artery disease.
When a person has high blood pressure, the blood that flows through the carotid artery, which runs through the ears, is more forceful. This causes you to hear a “heartbeat.” This sound may sound like a thumping, whooshing, or throbbing. Patients may experience this in one or both ears.
Generally, pulsatile tinnitus isn’t something to worry about, and it’s not a sign of you losing your hearing, but it can be bothersome, so you may want to speak to your doctor about your options for reducing it.
The main treatment plan to reduce this noise is to control and manage your blood pressure. This means making appropriate lifestyle changes to naturally bring down your blood pressure. If natural remedies aren’t successful, then your doctor may opt to put you on medications to help bring down your blood pressure further.
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