Cardiovascular Disease High Blood Pressure

Complications of Hypertension

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series A Simplified Guide to Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, significantly increases health risks, especially related to the heart and kidneys. Some complications associated with hypertension include heart abnormalities, heart failure, different types of stroke, heart diseases including heart attack, and different stages of kidney disease. 

Think of hypertension as an overly excited sports fan. Just like how the fan’s incessant cheering can increase the risk of damaging their vocal cords, hypertension puts an extraordinary amount of tension on your heart and kidneys leading to various complications.

Shifting to numbers – hypertension is even more common than smoking, bad cholesterol, or diabetes, but it can also coexist with these other health risks. The peril here is similar to having multiple pranksters in the class – each one alone can cause trouble, but grouped together, they can cause a whole lot more chaos. In this context, the chaos is adverse cardiovascular events.

The risk of having a heart-related issue increases as your blood pressure increases. Imagine it like carrying a heavy backpack – the more books you add, the harder it is to carry, and the more strain it puts on your body. 

Interestingly, depending on your age, systolic (top number) or diastolic (bottom number) readings can be more indicative of potential problems. Younger people (below 50) should pay more attention to the diastolic number, and older folks should focus more on the systolic number. Think of it like checking your car’s symphony of sounds – while the chugging engine may hint at a problem for an older car, newer ones may show its problems via dashboard warning lights. 

Lastly, while high blood pressure does ramp up your risk, your age and other potential risk factors play a critical role in determining how severe that risk is. Therefore, the fight against hypertension is really more of a team effort rather than a solo battle.

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