Friday, January 27, 2017

10 Ways That High Blood Pressure Can Hurt You

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can cause cardiovascular diseases. The impact of increased blood pressure can be felt across the vital organs of the body as well as our abilities. Read on to know the ways high blood pressure can cause reversible and irreversible damage to your wellness.
1. Arteries: The peripheral arterial disease caused by high blood pressure can affect the legs. Hypertension can damage or narrow the arteries. The fats that we consume through our diet can damage the inner lining of the arteries, reducing the elasticity of these blood vessels. According to American Heart Association, too much buildup of bad cholesterol (LDL) around the arteries hardens into plaque when combined with other substances in the blood, which can result in a stroke or a heart attack.
2. Aneurism: Aneurism can be formed over time when blood keeps on flowing through the damaged arteries. If the aneurysm ruptures, it may cause severe internal bleeding.
3. Eyes: Hypertension can also cause eye problems and can damage the blood vessels in the region where the image is focused (retina). Leaking blood vessels fluid to build up under retina may lead to vision impairment unless high blood pressure is treated. Retinopathy is another condition that results in bleeding in the eye. The optical nerve damage may also occur —ultimately, causing blindness.
4. Brain: In order to survive, the human brain requires a proper blood supply. If the brain does not get adequate amount of oxygen, a stroke may occur. Stroke is still the third leading cause of death in America. Dementia, cognitive impairment, and ischemic attack may also occur because of hypertension.
5. Heart: High blood pressure can cause severe damage to the heart. Increased blood pressure may cause the left ventricle of the heart to enlarge. Arterial blood supply may also get affected leading to a heart attack or failure. The adverse effects of high blood pressure on the heart are often augmented by high cholesterol and diabetes. The food that you eat has the greatest impact on the cholesterol level. The amount of fat in the diet determines the levels of good and bad cholesterol in the blood stream.  Harvard Health Publications reports that foods containing trans fats increases the level of bad cholesterol in the body, contributing to heart diseases.
6. Preeclampsia and Eclampsia: These are the conditions that a pregnant woman may face due to shooting blood pressures. Gestational hypertension causes preeclampsia. Eclampsia is a worsened for of preeclampsia and the woman may also suffer from seizures. Both of these conditions are harmful to the mother and the unborn child. It may be deleterious to the liver, kidneys and brain of the mother while the child’s oxygen and blood supply may get affected.
7. Sexual Dysfunction: High blood pressure results in erectile dysfunction. In women, hypertension may lead to dryness at the vaginal region and loss of sexual desires.
8. Sleep Disorders: Research is bridging the relationship between sleep apnea and hypertension. If the person’s sleep is disturbed by obstructive sleep apnea, the blood pressure may escalate.
9. Kidneys: Renal failure may occur because of the arterial and blood vessel damage. Kidneys fail to perform their function properly in the absence of proper blood supply. The renal organs will not be able to filter out toxins from the blood effectively. The excessive fluid within the blood vessels will further raise the blood pressure.
10. Bone Loss: Hypertension also raises calcium levels in the urine, which leads to osteoporosis. Elderly women are at a greater risk for bone loss due to hypertension.
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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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