High Blood Pressure Can Kill


High blood pressure can kill. Blood pressure refers to the level of pressure inside a person's circulatory system, which is responsible for delivering nutrients, oxygen, hormones, white blood cells and other essential substances to cells inside the body. The circulatory system reaches every single organ, tissues, brain and various critical parts. If the blood pressure is higher than normal, this would exert extra stress on the organs and lead to premature failure.

If a rubber band is stretched excessively too many times, it would not return to its original shape and eventually it would weaken and break. A human body works similarly. High blood pressure will cause the body to work under extra stress, which would lead to deterioration and complete failure. The weakest part of the body will show signs of trouble first. Here is a list of possible complications caused by high blood pressure.

  • Congestive heart failure: By working constantly under high pressure, the heart muscle would enlarge, weaken and loose its elasticity. Remember that the heart also is being supplied with nutrients by the blood flowing into it. A constant blood flow under a lot of pressure would only cause the heart to become weak and have problem pumping blood throughout the entire body. This results in congestive heart failure and heart attacks.
  • Loss of Vision: When blood vessel inside an eye ruptures, the blood could cause blurred vision and even blindness.
  • Stroke: If a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain ruptures, this would reduce the amount of blood going to the brain causing a stroke.
  • Kidney failure: The increase in blood pressure would cause the kidney blood vessels to narrow and thicken and this would reduce its effectiveness. If the damaged kidney cannot remove sufficient waste and fluid inside the body, harmful fluids would build up inside the body, which would further increase the blood pressure. This forms a vicious cycle.
  • Blood vessel and arteries : Similar to a rubber band, high blood pressure would cause blood vessels to lose its elasticity and become more stiff. This would reduce its effectiveness in delivering blood and would make the heart to work even harder.

These are examples of what may be the result of high blood pressure. One should be vigilant in maintaining one's blood pressure low day and night - 24 hours a day. Most people have ignored their night time blood pressure (while sleeping) which accounts for 1/3 of a day. Night time blood pressure should be 10-20% lower than normal.