High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most serious diseases in the United States.
Left untreated, high blood pressure can result in serious health problems, and even death. Often referred to as the “silent killer”, high blood pressure can quietly cause damage to your body for years before any noticeable symptoms appear. This condition can drastically effect your arteries, heart, kidneys, and other major organs.
Approximately 30% of the American adult population has high blood pressure — equivalent to 65 million Americans. The American Heart Association estimates that 90% of all American adults are at risk for elevated blood pressure during their lifetime.
Possible complications from untreated high blood pressure include:
- Heart and coronary artery damage
- Heart failure
- Transient ischemic attack
- Kidney damage and/or failure
- Damage to your eyes
- Sexual dysfunction
- Brain damage and loss of mental function
- Fluid in the lungs
- Coronary artery disease
- Enlarged heart
- Cognitive impairment
- Nerve damage
- Trouble sleeping
- Pulmonary edema
- Peripheral artery disease
- Bone loss
These conditions can often be prevented or reversed with treatments for the high blood pressure or pre-hypertension. That is why it is extremely important to treat high blood pressure before your body is damaged beyond repair. You must be vigilant in checking your blood pressure to be sure it is completely under control. High blood pressure will not go away without treatment, but you can prevent or reverse it if you maintain proper treatments. Many deaths and long term damage can be prevented if high blood pressure is caught early and managed properly.