High Blood Pressure (HBP), by definition, is blood pressure equal or greater to 120 over 70, which can lead to clogging of the arteries connected to the heart, brain, kidneys, and other organs vital to life. Whether HBP is accompanied by other symptoms or not, it should always be treated aggressively with medication, diet, weight loss, and exercise.
If you compare slow–clogging arteries to water pressure in a hose, it’s easier to understand the lasting side effects your heart endures when experiencing untreated HBP. If you turn the water–flow in a hose on high, you can see that the water is racing through the hose at a high pressure because the opening of the hose is so wide, while the output of water is increased. Turbulence is created when the water hits the walls of the hose, and that, in the human body, essentially leads to plaque build–up and inflammation; the walls of your arteries are literally injured when experiencing high or elevated blood pressure.
Even if the HBP is not yet severe—such as a mere 130 over 80— even the slow–clogging of arteries, can cause major damage to the body. Over time, slow–clogging arteries can lead to heart disease, stroke, memory loss, and more. Cognitive problems later in life are often overlooked and not seen as a side effect of clogged arteries and HBP. While memory loss is relatively common at older ages, it can be and is often a symptom of HBP, which is entirely preventable and treatable. Not only that, but maintaining healthy blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol levels at an early age will prevent arteries to the brain from clogging, better protecting ones memory in the long run.
Come see your primary care physicians at Colorado Primary Health Care to check your blood pressure, and create a game–plan to manage your blood pressure at a reasonable level. Don’t attribute your HBP to white coat syndrome—take control of your life and future and visit us today.