Did you know that high blood pressure doesn’t just affect your heart? Your blood needs to pump efficiently to keep a multitude of other organs working properly, as well.
- Causes blood vessels in the eye to burst or bleed
- Vision may become blurred or otherwise impaired and can result in blindness
- High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for a stroke
- Very high pressure can break a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds in the brain. This can cause a stroke.
- If blood clots block one of the narrowed arteries, it can also cause a stroke
- As people get older, arteries throughout the body harden, especially those in the heart, brain and kidneys
- High blood pressure is associated with these stiffer arteries
- This causes the heart and kidneys to work harder
- Kidneys act as filters to rid the body of wastes
- Over time, high blood pressure can narrow and thicken the blood vessels of the kidneys
- The kidneys filter less fluid, and waste builds up in the blood
- The kidneys may fail altogether, and when this happens, medical treatment (dialysis) or a kidney transplant is needed.
- High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack
- The arteries bring oxygen-carrying blood to the heart muscle
- If the heart cannot get enough oxygen, chest pain, also known as "angina," can occur
- If the flow of blood is blocked, a heart attack results