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Importance of Controlling High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is no joking matter, as it can bring you down in a matter of minutes. Keep reading to understand the complications associated with uncontrolled high blood pressure. 


Damage To Your Arteries

Healthy arteries are elastic, flexible, and strong. With a smooth inner lining that ensures free blood flows. Supplying blood, nutrients, and oxygen to organs and tissues as it goes through. However, as hypertension increases the pressure of blood, it might:


  • High blood pressure can narrow and damage your artery's inner lining. So when fats enter your bloodstream, they can easily collect and block your arteries.
  • Over time, the constant intensity and impact blood cause when moving through weakened arteries causes an aneurysm. When the aneurysm eventually ruptures, it can cause life-threatening bleeding.


Damaging To Your Heart

Constant high blood pressure can cause several issues to your heart; these include but are not limited to: 

  • Arteries narrowed and damaged have a hard time supplying blood to your heart, so when the blood flow declines, it can cause chest pain leading to angina, heart attack, or irregular heart rhythms.
  • Another issue caused due to high blood pressure is that your heart starts to pump harder, causing your heart's left ventricle to thicken, increasing the chances of heart failure, heart attack, and sudden cardiac death.
  • The constant stress on your heart due to high blood pressure can cause the muscles, making them work less efficiently. Eventually, the overwhelmed heart muscle starts to fail.


Damaged To Your Brain

The human brain depends a great deal on the healthy nourishment of blood. However, high blood pressure can pull blood away from the brain, causing the following issues: 

  • Medically referred to as a Transient ischemic attack, a TIA is a ministroke that disrupts blood supply to your brain. A TIA is just a warning, and harden arteries, and blood clots can cause an actual stroke.
  • Damaged blood vessels caused by high blood pressure can deprive your brain of necessary oxygen and nutrients, causing your brain cells to die.
  • Narrowed arteries limit blood flow to your brain, and can lead to a specific type of dementia.
  • Research shows that high blood pressure can lead to mild cognitive impairment.


Damage To Your Kidneys

Your kidneys are there to filter excess fluid and waste from entering your mainstream. A healthy process dumps excessive waste, and keeps a healthy running system; this is why the process itself requires healthy blood vessels. High blood pressure damages your blood vessels and leads to many related issues. Causing a hindrance in its working, it can easily lead to: 

  • Kidney Scarring is a common issue found in high blood pressure patients. Leading to the ineffective working of the kidney, and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
  • High blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney failure.
  • Once your body is unable to filter the waste out of your body, it creates a hazardous working system that can crash at any point.


With these blood pressure issues in mind, remind yourself that you must deal with high blood pressure quickly and effectively. You can take medication to control your blood pressure levels or keep yourself at bay from situations that may cause your blood pressure to rise. Individuals at risk of high blood pressure are suggested to lead a low profile and mellow life, making sure they can keep their overall health checked. 


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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