Do you have spontaneous nosebleeds? Do you know what your blood pressure is? If you have the former, you might want to know the latter. And if you already know you have high blood pressure, watch out for any bleeding.
Korean researchers just published a study that found that people with high blood pressure were at higher risk of nosebleeds (the medical word for nosebleeds). This bleeding is often so severe that an emergency room visit is required.
The researchers examined records from over 70,000 adults for 14 years. They divided the subjects into two equal groups: those who had high blood pressure (hypertension) and those who did not. Otherwise, the patients were healthy and none were taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) that could increase the risk of bleeding.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that participants in the high blood pressure group were 47% more likely to have spontaneous nosebleeds. This is a nosebleed that was not caused by trauma, surgery, or illness. Those in the high blood pressure group also had to be treated in the emergency room almost three times as often as the other group, usually with a nasal wrap to stop the bleeding.
The researchers found that they didn’t know why people with high blood pressure had more spontaneous nosebleeds. However, since chronic high blood pressure damages blood vessels, this could be a reason. “Medical advice on nosebleeds is advisable for those with high blood pressure, and the presence of high blood pressure should be considered when treating nosebleeds,” they concluded.