High blood pressure or heart blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is how forcefully the blood bangs against the walls of the arteries. If you have heart high blood pressure it means your heart is pounding harder than it should to send through the blood vessels the nutrients and oxygen the cells need to maintain life.
This pressure on the heart is serious business, so don’t ignore it.
Is heart blood pressure life threatening?
Very much, especially if you have diabetes. As you probably know, the heart never stops working; it pumps blood to the whole body seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. A continuous high blood pressure rate can cause the following:
Heart attack or stroke
High blood pressure can cause the walls of the arteries to harden and thicken (atherosclerosis).
It also makes the inside of the arteries rough, contributing to the formation of plaque, mounds of fat and debris deposited in the wall of arteries.
Plaque reduces the space available for blood to circulate, which means the already hardworking heart has to work even harder to send blood to the cells through narrowed blood vessels. The result: higher blood pressure. This vicious circle eventually can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
Over time, increased pressure on the inner walls of blood vessels can cause them to weaken and bulge, forming an aneurysm, the ballooning of the artery. This ballooning may cause the blood vessel to rupture, resulting in internal bleeding. Bleeding into the brain or the spaces surrounding it, causes a hemorrhagic stroke. It can be life-threatening.
If your heart has to work strenuously for long periods of time it will become enlarged and its walls will thicken to have the strength to pump the blood to every cell of the body. A slightly distended heart may function properly, but a severely enlarged heart must work with all its might to pump blood through the blood vessels. Eventually it may lead to heart failure.
Kidney and Eye disease
High blood pressure does affect all blood vessels in your body, including the kidney and eye ones. Because high blood pressure can also narrow the blood vessels in the kidneys and eyes, you can end up with kidney disease and vision loss. Diabetes is a condition that also targets the kidneys and the eyes, thus it is imperative that diabetics work towards a normal blood pressure.
Loss of memory or understanding
High blood pressure can also affect the brain since it can contribute to the narrowing of the blood vessels in that organ. If the blood vessels narrow, it means the blood flow is restricted and the brain cells will not get the oxygen and nutrients needed. This in turn will affect your ability to think, remember and learn. Trouble with memory or understanding concepts is more common in people who have high blood pressure.
As you can see, heart blood pressure is not something to take lightly. How about if you start taking the necessary steps to reverse it naturally? By lowering your blood pressure in a healthy way, your doctor will lower the amount of medication you are taking –if you are taking any. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run
If you are taking any prescription medications for high blood pressure do not stop taking them without the advice of your doctor. Stopping them suddenly can cause a stroke or heart attack.