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High blood pressure: How your nose could show urgent warning sign of extreme hypertension

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However, in more extreme cases of high blood pressure, certain rather unusual symptoms may begin to arise.

Nose bleeds have been found to be linked to people who are suffering from hypertensive crisis – an extreme form of high blood pressure.

What is a hypertensive crisis?

A hypertensive crisis is a sudden spike in blood pressure.

This usually occurs when the blood pressure exceeds 180/120 mm HG.

Hypertensive crisis is far rarer than high blood pressure alone and is often considered a medical emergency as it can be life-threatening.

The extreme condition can lead to blood vessel damage which, in turn, may lead to heart attacks, stroke, eye damage, kidney damage, eclampsia or pulmonary oedema (a condition caused by excess h fluid in the lungs).

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