High Blood Pressure gets quoted in so many articles and by so many specialists but what actually is classified as high blood pressure?
High Blood Pressure means to have pressure readings over 140/90 for a number of weeks!
This is a simple chart to help you understand
where you stand with your blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure is sometimes also called the quiet killer because it can be quietly damaging the entire body without showing any significant signs or symptoms. Therefore can be easily untreated and uncontrolled for years. In this time, however, can cause serious damage to multiple organs and lead to life-threatening complications.
Half of the people living with untreated High Blood Pressure die due to heart, or other circulation complications.
Arteries supply blood to all organs and tissues in the body. When the blood pressure is high, their walls and lining become damaged. Fat cells present in the blood get caught up and accumulate as they flow through these damaged arteries, narrowing the diameter of the arteries.
Constant high blood pressure within the arteries might eventually cause a section to enlarge an d bulge out and cause a life-threatening Aneurysm.
The Brain is fully dependent on the nourishment from the blood which is supplied by the arteries. Because of the restricted flow of blood, brain function becomes impaired and may lead to conditions such as Dementia, Ministroke, and Stroke.
Constant high blood pressure causes damage and weakening of the heart. Damaged arteries do not supply enough nutrients to the heart so certain parts can then become undernourished and weakened.
Another common complication within the heart as a result of high blood pressure is that the left part becomes enlarged as a result of working harder to pump the blood around the body.
Kidney function is fully dependent on healthy blood vessels and healthy blood pressure. Damage to the tiny arteries within the kidneys causes them to filter waste products less efficiently and may essentially lead to Kidney Scarring.
When both, the tiny arteries within the kidney, as well as the large arteries supplying blood, are damaged, the kidneys may fail in which case the person is dependent on dialysis.
The eyes are supplied with blood by tiny blood vessels, which can clog very easily when blood pressure is high. This reduced blood supply may cause bleeding, blurred vision or even complete loss of vision.
It is important to measure your blood pressure on a regular basis and go for annual check ups in order to prevent any health complications!