High blood pressure is extremely common in today’s world, in fact an astounding one in four adults in the UK live with high blood pressure. The main problem with the condition is that many are unaware they even have it. This is why it’s often called the “silent killer” as people with high blood pressure are unaware they have it and there are often non obvious symptoms that accompany it. Meaning when the damage has been done to the body, it’s often too late. Spotting unusual signs is crucial and could even save your life.
Four million people under the age of 65 in the UK are living with untreated high blood pressure, according to new estimates from the British Heart Foundation.
If untreated, high blood pressure can significantly raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
If the condition is detected early, early treatment can be applied which significantly reduces one’s risk of a potentially life-threatening occurrence.
If a person feels a fog-like symptom in this body part it could mean they’re at risk and shouldn’t be ignored.
The common signs of high blood pressure include headaches, fatigue, chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, blood in urine and pounding in the chest, neck or ears.
Experiencing brain fog is a lesser known sign of high blood pressure.
This feeling occurs when the oxygen supply to the brain is poor or blocked and causing a sense of forgetfulness, trouble with learning, memory and comprehension.
What is brain fog?
Dr Freda C. Lewis-Hall, chief patient officer at Pfizer said: “Brain fog is not a condition in itself but is very likely to be a sign or symptoms of another issue.
People who experience brain fog often describe it as a sense of confusion or disorganisation, disorientation or feeling scattered.
A diminished ability to react and difficulty thinking, expressing your thoughts or thinking through complex situations or calculations can all be considered brain fog.”
Dr Emily Huang, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Santa Clara Medical Centre said: “While the term brain fog is not a phrase we use medically to define a specific condition, the term can be used to describe an experience associated with mental fatigue, memory issues and decreased focus throughout the day.
“There is no specific cause of brain fog as there is relative ambiguity regarding this symptom and it’s typically a result of other medical conditions.
“It can be physical illnesses such as high blood pressure which is accompanied by dizziness and other cognitive impairments.
Why high blood pressure causes brain fog?
Since high blood pressure damages blood vessels and decreases blood flow, the brain can be affected.
Brain fogs or memory loss due to hypertension alone is caused by detrimental elements that progress over time, decreasing or halting blood flow to parts of the brain that are critical to its proper function.
Brain cells can slowly die due to lack of blood flow, causing a person to experience subtle changes in the brain including a flatlining feeling in the brain, changes in memory and other cognitive functions.
If you’re experiencing a brain fog feeling, speak to your GP who will be able to determine the cause to your fog.
Published at Fri, 06 Mar 2020 19:46:00 +0000