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How can high blood pressure affect your brain?

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High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. When an artery in your brain tears, leaks, or gets clogged, it can stop blood from getting to brain cells. Depending on what part of your brain loses blood and what it does, you could have problems with language, vision, movement, or anything else your brain controls. It could be temporary if the blood flow is restored, or the damage may be permanent if the cells die.

A lessened blood supply to the brain can also keep you from thinking clearly and remembering. It can cause a condition called vascular dementia.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Health Threats From High Blood Pressure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to a Heart Attack," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Stroke," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Damage or Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Vision Loss," "How High Blood Pressure Can Affect Your Sex Life," "About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension's effects on your body," "Coronary artery disease: Symptoms and causes," "Heart arrhythmia: Symptoms and causes."

Healthy Women: "High Blood Pressure & Your Body."

Climacteric : "Importance of controlling blood pressure."

CDC: "About High Blood Pressure," "Effects of High Blood Pressure."

Blood Pressure UK: "What high blood pressure (hypertension) can do."

Nature Reviews Nephrology : "The role of the kidney in regulating arterial blood pressure."

CardioSmart: "Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Pair."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Health Threats From High Blood Pressure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to a Heart Attack," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Heart Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Stroke," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Damage or Failure," "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Vision Loss," "How High Blood Pressure Can Affect Your Sex Life," "About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)."

Mayo Clinic: "High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension's effects on your body," "Coronary artery disease: Symptoms and causes," "Heart arrhythmia: Symptoms and causes."

Healthy Women: "High Blood Pressure & Your Body."

Climacteric : "Importance of controlling blood pressure."

CDC: "About High Blood Pressure," "Effects of High Blood Pressure."

Blood Pressure UK: "What high blood pressure (hypertension) can do."

Nature Reviews Nephrology : "The role of the kidney in regulating arterial blood pressure."

CardioSmart: "Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous Pair."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 17, 2019

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