Are headaches associated with hypertension?

Some people say there is an association between headaches and hypertension. However, I had a lecturer who said that hypertension in the general public is not associated with headaches.

Which is correct?

Authored By Alex Catley on Thursday 8th November 2012

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Jamie McPherson
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Medical Student - Newcastle
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Posted almost 8 years ago

Your lecturer. Unless it's malignant hypertension (which most people obviously do not have), high blood pressure does not cause headaches. Source Headache and hypertension: refuting the myth, Friedman 2002

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Mariechen Puchert
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Posted almost 8 years ago

It's just the order of the statements that confused you. High BP can cause headaches - usually a case of uncontrolled and dangerous BP, which can be associated with visual disturbances as well. In GENERAL however, a headache does not indic

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Dr Luma Khalid
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Posted almost 8 years ago

I would say both. Various trials have been conducted throughout history to approve or disapprove the association of hypertension and headache. There is no evidence to confirm an association between a headache and raised blood pressure, there however is

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Bucholc Aleksandra
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Posted almost 8 years ago

It is generally accepted that severe hypertension particularly if of acute onset is a cause of headache.
According to the International Classification of Headache(2004) headache can be caused by severe hypertension like associated with phaechromocy

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