The Risks of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a condition with relatively no symptoms and a bounty of potential dangers. Sometimes dubbed “the silent killer,” high blood pressure often leads to fatal conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, or congestive heart failure. To preserve their health, patients must make an active effort to know their blood pressure level and make the appropriate lifestyle changes to keep it under control. Don’t remain ignorant of your blood pressure until an emergency health complication arises.

According to the American Heart Association, strokes are the number three cause of death in America, and even its survivors are often left battling long-term disabilities. Your most effective preventative measure against a stroke is keeping your blood pressure down. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, making them more susceptible to blood clots or bursts.

Cardiovascular Complications
The American Heart Association reports that 69 percent of Americans who have suffered a heart attack had blood pressure of 140/90, along with 74 percent of Americans who have experienced congestive heart failure. Along with damaged arteries, these high levels of blood pressure can overwork your heart, resulting in potentially fatal damages and vulnerabilities.

Kidney Problems
Kidneys work to regulate your blood pressure. The more damage your kidneys experience, the harder it will become to get your blood pressure under control again. As the arteries around the kidneys begin to narrow and harden, you will find yourself at a high risk for kidney failure. 

Other High Blood Pressure Complications
Along with kidney, heart, and brain damage, high blood pressure can also cause problems that may not be fatal, but can dramatically affect your quality of life. Vision loss can occur if the vessels in your eyes become compromised, or if the optic nerve is damaged. Limited blood flow can also result in erectile dysfunction for those battling high blood pressure.

If you have diabetes, your arteries can be affected, making you at greater risk for developing high blood pressure. To learn more, join us on November 15 for Diabetes and Hypertension: The Importance of Managing High Blood Pressure, a lecture given by Henry Kurusz III, MD. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. at Palm Garden of Largo. To register, call 1-888-741-5122.

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