High blood pressure or hypertension silently kills your body. Its deadly effects could be discovered many years after. Untreated hypertension could lead to so many things, including disability, organ defects, poor quality of life, stroke, and more.
Let’s take a look below to further understand what hypertension does in our body.
What’s the effect of hypertension on the blood vessels?
Our blood vessels are naturally elastic, flexible, and strong. The inner lining of our blood vessels is clear and smooth to pave an easy way for our blood. However, if you have hypertension, there is a big chance that the huge pressure that your blood gives to your blood vessels damages them over time. Below are some of the effects of hypertension on the blood vessels:
- Damage the arteries: One of the causes why people get diagnosed with hypertension is due to an unbalanced diet with a little too much on the fatty side. When you eat too much fat, sometimes, it gets deposited on the inner linings of your arteries. This makes the arteries unpassable for blood flow, which then increases blood pressure. When a person didn’t alter his way of eating too much fat, one or many of his arteries may be completely blocked with a fat deposit. Now, this is a dangerous predicament for a person to be in.
- Aneurysm: When a damaged artery due to hypertension is still bombarded with high blood pressure, it can create a bulge in the damaged artery. When a high blood pressure forms a bulge in an artery, this is a ticking time bomb. The bulge could explode anytime and cause internal bleeding. The internal bleeding could be anywhere as long as the bulge is located in the area. You could have an aneurysm in the brain or any part of the body.
What’s the effect of hypertension the vital organs?
Hypertension’s effect on human organs isn’t instantaneous. It will take years before a person eventually feels the symptoms of a damaged organ, but it can happen anytime. Below are some of the most common and severe organ damage that hypertension can give you.
Coronary artery disease: Because of the damaged arteries, the supply of blood in your heart isn’t regular. If the supply of blood in your heart isn’t normal, it could lead to the chest, irregular heart rhythms, or worse, a heart attack.
Enlarged left heart: Your heart senses that the supply of blood in your whole body isn’t enough, when this is so, your heart works twice as hard in pumping blood. With this, it can thicken your heart’s left ventricle. A thick left ventricle makes you a high risk for heart attack, heart failure, or cardiac arrest.
Heart failure: The pressure and strain that hypertension renders to your heart weakens your heart in general. This could take years and years to develop, but heart failure could happen anytime.
Transient ischemic attack (TIA): TIA is sometimes referred to as a ministroke. It’s a ministroke of sorts because there is a temporary stoppage of blood supply in a part of your brain. Weakened arteries and those hardened by fat deposits can cause TIA.
Stroke: A stroke happens when a part of your brain is deprived of the blood’s nutrients and oxygen. When your cells are deprived of their food, it could eventually die. Hypertension causes a full-blown stroke because it develops a weak artery that could be blocked, clotted, and ruptured sometime.
Dementia: Vascular dementia is due to the deprivation of blood flow in the brain that’s caused by hypertension.
When you are diagnosed with hypertension, don’t take this lightly. Take all the necessary steps to control your condition, or else it could lead to the mentioned consequences.
Luckily, there are ways to control hypertension and lengthen the longevity of your organs. Proper diet, exercise, and researching on possible natural alternatives like CBD oil can greatly help you.
Mayo Clinic Staff. (N.D). High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension’s effects on your body. Available at: