High blood pressure, also called Hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard.
High blood pressure is dangerous not only because it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in New Zealand, but it can also cause other problems such as blindness.
Hypertension, otherwise known as High blood pressure, is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard, increasing your chance (or risk) of getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure.
It also makes the walls of the arteries hard. High blood pressure not only increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in New Zealand, it can also cause other problems such as blindness.
Risk factors are behaviors or conditions that can increase your chances of developing a disease. For instance, high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. That is why we say high blood pressure is dangerous!
There are other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Most can be modified, though some cannot. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing a disease. So it is important to take steps to prevent or control these risk factors.
Risk Factors That Can be Controlled Are:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High blood cholesterol
- Cigarette smoking
- Physical inactivity
Risk Factors Beyond Your Control Are:
Age (45 years and older for men and 55 years or older for women).
A Family history of heart disease (having a mother or sister who has been diagnosed with heart disease before age 65, or a father or brother diagnosed before age 55) or family history of stroke.
Understanding High Blood Pressure – continued
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure rises and falls during the day. When blood pressure stays elevated over time, it is called high blood pressure or hypertension…
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
The causes of high blood pressure vary. Causes may include narrowing of the arteries, a greater than normal volume of blood, or the heart beating faster or more forcefully than it should…
What is Systolic Blood Pressure?
Systolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart beats. It is shown as the top number in a blood pressure reading…
What is Diastolic Blood Pressure?
Diastolic pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. It’s shown as the bottom number in a blood pressure reading…
Monitoring Blood Pressure at Home
One of the greatest benefits of monitoring your blood pressure yourself is that you will have a much better understanding of your condition …
The Effect of High Blood Pressure on The Body
The effect of high blood pressure on the physiology is often underestimated. On this page, we take a brief look at the effect of High Blood Pressure on the brain, eyes, arteries, kidneys, and heart…
In conclusion; High blood pressure is dangerous because of the ripple effect it can have on the development of other illnesses. Such as heart and / or Kidney disease and stroke etc It can also be a silent killer, as many people either don’t know or don’t bother to treat their high blood pressure. Sometimes, with deadly consequences.
The information contained on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical Advice.
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