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Heart and Circulatory System

What can happen if I don't take my blood pressure medicine?

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  • ACindy Haines, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Your blood pressure may not be optimally controlled and this can ultimately lead to complications, including stroke.
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  • AMonique May, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Treating high blood pressure prevents long-term consequences such as stroke, hypertension, heart attack, kidney and heart failure.  Hypertension is called the "silent killer" because it typically does not produce symptoms while it is taking a toll on your brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys.  Taking your medication daily keeps your pressure at the desired level, and reduces the amount of strain placed on your heart and kidneys.  Therefore, if you do not take your blood pressure as prescribed by your doctor, you run the risk of increasing your chances of suffering a stroke, heart attack or developing kidney failure, all of which greatly increase the risk of death and disability.
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