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How can high blood pressure affect your legs, hips, and stomach?

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Narrow and blocked arteries in the lower part of your body -- especially your legs -- can cause pain and cramping. Because it's affecting blood vessels that aren't near your heart, your doctor may call this peripheral artery disease. It can make muscles in your legs and hips sore and tired when you walk or climb stairs.

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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