Blog #684 The Silent Killer – finished

The “Silent Killer” (finished)

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

For the past several days we have looked at High Blood Pressure using a Mayo Clinic report.  Today we will finish (at least for now)!!!

We have looked at how blood pressure can damage the heart and the brain, today damage to the kidneys, eyes, sleep and even sexual function!!

Kidneys

The Mayo Clinic article says “Your kidneys filter excess fluid and waste from your blood — a process that depends on healthy blood vessels. High blood pressure can injure both the blood vessels in and leading to your kidneys, causing several types of kidney disease. Having diabetes in addition to high blood pressure can worsen the damage.”

“High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney failure. That’s because it can damage both the large arteries leading to your kidneys and the tiny blood vessels”

Kidney scarring from high blood pressure on the small blood vessels can weaken the basic kidney function.

Kidney aneurysms

Like aneurysms in other parts of the body, high blood pressure can cause bulges in the blood vessels and breaks in those vessels could lead to death!!

Eyes

Again high blood pressure on those small blood vessels in the eyes can cause damage and even blindness.

There can also be fluid build up under the retina from high blood pressure

Do you “SEE” what I’m trying to say?

Other potential problems:

High Blood pressure can affect male erections and also sensitivity in female vaginas.

Sleep apnea might be triggered by high blood pressure.

High blood pressure can decrease the amount of calcium in the body – and thus impact bones.

And, a final word from the Mayo Clinic:

“High blood pressure is usually a chronic condition that gradually causes damage over the years. But sometimes blood pressure rises so quickly and severely that it becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment, often with hospitalization.

In these situations, high blood pressure can cause:

  • Memory loss, personality changes, trouble concentrating, irritability or progressive loss of consciousness
  • Stroke
  • Severe damage to your body’s main artery (aortic dissection)
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden impaired pumping of the heart, leading to fluid backup in the lungs resulting in shortness of breath (pulmonary edema)
  • Sudden loss of kidney function
  • Complications in pregnant women (preeclampsia or eclampsia)”

Take this from one who knows – WATCH and maintain a good blood pressure!!  Your life may depend on it!!!

What do you think?

Karen

Posted by Bruce White

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