Blog #683 Blood Pressure – continued

READ THIS – More Blood Pressure complications

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868

We have been talking about high blood pressure for a few days – and as I research, it gets deeper and scarier!!

From the Mayo Clinic, there are more complications due to high blood pressure than I previously new.  Yes – the “silent killer” quietly hurts our bodies.

So, here we go:

Heart Damage

-1 Coronary artery disease

This is where the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart restrict the blood flow and can lead to a heart attack or irregular heart beats.

-2 Enlarged left heart

Quoting the Mayo Clinic link “High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder than necessary in order to pump blood to the rest of your body. This causes the left ventricle to thicken or stiffen (left ventricular hypertrophy). These changes limit the ventricle’s ability to pump blood to your body. This condition increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Now – for a personal comment.  I saw my cardiologist about three weeks ago and she did an ECG test.  From that report “Possible Left atrial enlargement”. Okay that is NOT good news to me.  So, I need to keep that blood pressure down.

-3 Heart Failure

Constant bombardment of high pressure over time can weaken the heart and the heart can FAIL!!!  (Read into that – “DEATH”)

Brain Damage

-1 Stroke / and ministrokes

The article say “A stroke occurs when part of your brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, causing brain cells to die”

I talked of my friend who had a massive stroke and is partially brain handicapped.  Don’t let that happen to you.

-2  Dementia

(Oh no – the scourge of seniors).  The research shows that there may be many causes to dementia, but (from the article) “One cause, vascular dementia, can result from narrowing and blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the brain.”

-3 Mild cognitive impairment

Not quite the same full blown dementia (above) – but mild (whatever that means) impairment.  

WOW – I’m learning more than I wanted to learn!!!

Tomorrow – impairment to kidneys and eyes!!

The bottom line is “TAKE CARE OF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE”

Karen

Posted by Bruce White

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