To ensure that you do not have high blood pressure you need to go for regularly check up whether you are young or old. High blood pressure has the potential to damage your body and can significantly reduce your quality of life. If your blood pressure goes unchecked and keeps on rising it has the potential to cause a heart attack, a stroke or even death. Below are some specific areas of your body where high blood pressure can potentially cause damage:
1) DAMAGE TO YOUR EYES:- Your eyes require a regular and uninterrupted flow of blood to operate. Your optic arteries provide blood to your eyes and if these arteries fail to do their job then your vision may be affected. High blood pressure can also negatively impact upon the way your optic nerves operate.
2) DAMAGE TO YOUR HEART:- Although all of your body’s major organs require a regular flow of blood, the heart is the most important organ in this regard. Blood is supplied to the muscles of the heart (cardiac muscles) through coronary arteries. Your cardiac muscles are involuntary and they work for you for all your life. If blood pressure increases and this increase is maintained for a long period, your cardiac muscles will lose strength. As a result your heart may stop functioning properly which could eventually lead to a heart attack. If you are experiencing chest pains this may be a sign that you have high blood pressure which has already caused some damage to your cardiac muscles. The chances of your heart failing are greater if you have high blood pressure.
3) DAMAGE TO YOUR KIDNEYS:- The blood to your kidneys is supplied by renal arteries. The function of the kidneys is to clean and purify your blood. If the blood does not reach your kidneys properly, then they cannot filter waste from your blood as efficiently. High blood pressure can cause kidney failure. It can also lead to aneurysm (a localised, blood filled dilation) of the kidney’s renal arteries. In the worst case scenario, this bulge in the renal artery’s wall can burst and cause internal bleeding which can be fatal.
4) DAMAGE TO YOUR BRAIN:- An adequate supply of blood to the brain is very important because blood supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrition. If the brain does not receive this nourishment (as a result of high blood pressure) it may suffer a mini-stroke which can over time build up to a full stroke. People who suffer high blood pressure from a young age also have an increased chance of suffering from dementia in their later life.
As you can see, high blood pressure has the potential to cause some serious damage to your body’s major organs. Before serious damage occurs you should consult a trained doctor and get tested for high blood pressure. By doing this you can take preventative action before any of the above damage occurs.