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Why is high blood pressure bad for you?

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Why is high blood pressure a big deal? Because it's putting stress your heart and your arteries, even if you don't feel any different. That added stress can raise your chances for a heart attack or stroke.

Over time, problems in your arteries could cut back on blood flow. And since all of the tissues and organs in your body need blood to work well, that means things like your brain, your kidneys, your eyesight, and your sex life can be affected, too.

By living with healthy habits and taking medication to get or keep your blood pressure down now, you may prevent long-term problems.

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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