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10 Things That High Blood Pressure Can Do To Your Body When It Is Not Handled Well

High blood pressure refers to a blood pressure level in which the force blood exerts on artery walls is high. Silent killer induced by lifestyle and diet. It's a widespread illness that can be harmful if not controlled, according to research.

This article according to Healthline discusses the effects of uncontrolled high blood pressure on the body.

1. Heart failure

High blood pressure can cause heart failure. High blood pressure can constrict your arteries, causing your heart to work harder and weaken. Your heart may grow so weak it can't provide enough blood to the body, causing heart failure.

2. Enlarged heart

As your heart muscle works harder to move blood due to high blood pressure, your whole heart will get larger. The bigger your heart gets, the less it can do its function, which means your tissues won't get enough oxygen and nutrients.

3. Stroke

According to healthline, High blood pressure causes most strokes, according to studies. Stroke is haemorrhagic or ischemic. The former is caused by a weakened artery bursting in the brain, while the latter is caused by a loose plaque clot blocking blood supply to brain cells. Both can starve your brain, limiting your capacity to think, move, speak, and see.

4. Artery damage

If your arteries are healthy, blood should flow readily from your heart and lungs to your organs and other tissues. High blood pressure pushes the artery walls too hard, causing plaque to develop. Plaque can stiffen and constrict arteries, raising heart disease risk.


Aneurysm occurs when pressure pushes out and weakens an arterial wall. If the arterial wall breaches, you could bleed to death. This issue most often affects the aorta, which runs down your middle.

6. Coronary artery disease (CAD)

Coronary artery disease occurs when plaque builds up in your heart's arteries, reducing blood flow and causing chest pain and a peculiar heart rhythm (called an arrhythmia). Total blockage can cause a heart attack.

7. Heart attack

Plaque buildup typically causes heart attacks, especially when it stops a coronary artery. Blockages can starve your heart muscle of oxygen and nutrients, damaging it. Symptoms include chest pain, arm, neck, or jaw pain, difficulty breathing, and disorientation.

8. PAD (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease is similar to coronary artery disease, but affects blood channels farther from your heart, such as your arms, legs, head, or stomach. Symptoms include leg soreness or cramps when walking or climbing stairs and fatigue. Untreated, it can induce stroke, ulceration, and leg circulation loss.

Kidney failure

Hypertension is the second-leading cause of kidney failure, per WebMD. It hardens and narrows the blood channels your kidneys utilize to remove waste and extra fluid. This stops nephrons from getting adequate blood and nutrients, damaging the kidneys.

10. Eye problems

High blood pressure can slow blood flow to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the rear of the eyeball. High blood pressure can also restrict blood flow to the optic nerve, which sends messages to the brain, blurring or possibly causing blindness.

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