As pressure builds up in the blood vessels beyond what is considered normal blood pressure, according to Canadian Pharmacy, the heart has to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Over a long period of time, high blood pressure can cause profound damage to blood vessels and organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain and eye.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can raise the likelihood of developing stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, aortic aneurysm, blindness, and peripheral vascular disease.
Lowering Blood Pressure
Luckily, there are steps you can take to control your blood pressure such as stop smoking if you smoke; lose weight if you are overweight; exercise; reduce salt and alcohol in your diet, and take medications if your healthcare provider prescribes them.
Healthy living impacts almost every facet of life. Not only can it help control hypertension, but also healthy living reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, diabetes and, believe it or not, accidents. It makes more sense than ever to make healthy lifestyle changes. That’s the latest advice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Healthy People 2010.