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2. Shortness of Breath

Older adults and people with lower levels of fitness may experience shortness of breath after climbing stairs, running for a bus, or other energy expending activities. Often, this sensation is of little concern, but it can also be a sign of high blood pressure, most likely due to gradual thickening and stiffening of the heart wall as the condition progresses. A person who experiences shortness of breath frequently should consider a blood pressure check.

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