Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is a serious concern for tens of millions of American adults. But what, exactly, does it mean? Few people realize that blood pressure simply refers to the pumping of the blood against blood vessels in the body. The force that’s created is critical in helping get blood to all of the major organs, bringing with it nutrients and oxygen.
High blood pressure, which involves having too much pressure in the blood vessels, is a problem because it means that your blood vessels can become damaged, leading to an array of health issues. Typically, high blood pressure emerges later in life, but it can become a problem for anyone. To take action against hypertension, it’s important to know some of the complications that can result from high blood pressure…
Along with heart attacks, stroke is a common side effect of high blood pressure (hypertension). A stroke can take place when the flow of blood to one of the body’s most important organs, the brain, is restricted to the point where areas of the brain don’t receive enough blood and becomes damaged. Because high blood pressure directly affects the flow of blood to the brain, people with hypertension are several times more likely to suffer a stroke.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s critical that you and those around you recognize the signs of an impending stroke, including slurred speech and blurry vision. If you begin to experience these symptoms, or someone with you notices you acting strangely, contact emergency services immediately.