A Answers (9)
If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, you may not experience any symptoms. That does not mean that high blood pressure is not dangerous. If your blood pressure reading is consistently above 120/80 mmHg, you should work with your doctor to lower it through medication, diet, exercise and stress reduction. When you have high blood pressure, your heart is working extra hard. This can cause the heart muscle to grow very thick. Over time, the heart cannot continue to work so hard and it will begin to fail, or weaken.
High blood pressure is when blood pushes against your artery walls with too much force. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart to the rest of your body. Hypertension can damage the walls of the arteries and contribute to cardiovascular diseases that lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. The damage to your cardiovascular system takes places silently over years and decades, so it is important to monitor your blood pressure and seek early treatment if you have high blood pressure.