Hypertensive Headaches (Tension Headaches)
Hypertensive headaches are pulsating headaches emanating from the suboccipital muscles (muscles at the base of the skull), which for the most part occur early in the morning. They may last between 15 minutes to 3 hours. The pain is usually described as a “Hat Band” distribution, with dull or aching throbbing on one or both sides of the head. These headaches are directly associated with hypertension, obesity, stress, lack of exercise and renal or cardiovascular disease.
Hypertensive headaches can be confused with migraines and cervicogenic headaches.