If you’re reading this, there is a 1 in 3 chance you are suffering from high blood pressure.
According to the CDC over 65 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure.
For over 300,000 Americans, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, was cited as the primary or contributing cause of death.
If you have high blood pressure, it should be taken very seriously because it can cause serious health issues including death. High blood pressure is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney failure just to name a few.
What is High Blood Pressure?
Before we can explain high blood pressure, you must first understand blood pressure. Blood pressure measures the force of your blood against your artery walls.
If you have high blood pressure the force of your blood pushing against your arteries as your heart pumps is greater than normal. The constant stress against your arterial walls can cause arterial damage and have devastating impacts on your body.
You should monitor your blood pressure regularly to ensure your blood pressure stays below 140/90 mmHg. If your blood pressure is high, the walls of your blood vessels are being overstretched and damaged. This constant pressure is scarring and narrowing your arteries.
Hypertension Wreaks Havoc On Your Body
Here is a guide on how high blood pressure affects your body in different ways.
- Heart: Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart, and your heart is responsible for pumping blood and nutrients to your entire body and vital organs. If the flow of blood to your heart is blocked, it can result in a heart attack.
- If your heart can’t pump enough blood to supply your body’s needs, it can also cause congestive heart failure.
- Memory: High blood pressure can cause the arteries that supply blood to your brain to narrow or rupture which can lead to a stroke. If your brain does not get the blood and nutrients, it needs it can also cause short-term memory lapses.
- Vision: If you have high blood pressure it can damage the tiny blood vessels in your eye resulting in impaired vision
- Sexual dysfunction: For men, if the blood vessels in your penis are damaged it can affect your ability to achieve or maintain an erection. For women, researchers have also linked high blood pressure to vaginal dryness and decreased libido.
- Kidneys: Over time high blood pressure can cause the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys to narrow and thicken, as a result, your kidneys filter less fluid and dangerous levels of waste can build up in your blood. If this happens, you are at risk of total renal failure.
- Arteries: High blood pressure can stress and damage your arteries. It can cause scarring, narrowing and hardening of your arteries and make your heart and kidneys work overtime.
Good News! You can control high blood pressure.
Steps to start adopting a healthier lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet
- Be active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
- Manage Stress
If this doesn’t work your doctor may opt for pharmaceutical therapy.
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