# High Blood Pressure Threats

What is high blood pressure?                                                                                                                                      High blood pressure or Hypertension happens when the blood pressure in your body is more than the normal. The normal blood pressure is 80/120Hg. It gets slightly up and down due to various activities and diet. However, if the blood pressure crosses 90/130 Hg, then it is considered as High blood pressure.

Causes of High Blood Pressure                                                                                                                          There are various causes of high blood pressure. Some of them are described below:

• Age: As the person gets old, chances of high blood pressure. People above 60 years are much likely to suffer from high blood pressure as the arteries get stiff and narrow.
• Weight and Size: Obesity or person not having a proper proportion of height and weight body balance is having more chances of suffering from high blood pressure.
• Alcohol: Consuming an excessive amount of alcohol increases the blood pressure in the body.
• Smoking Tobacco: Smoking, after a period of time, makes the arteries narrow and stiff. This results in high blood pressure.
• Sex: As per the research, men are more prone to hypertension in comparison to women.

The other factors including:

• Consuming a high amount of salty diets.
• Less potassium consumption
• Alcohol and tobacco as mentioned above.
• Diseases and medications

## Some High Blood Pressure threats:

Hypertension or high blood pressure can be harmful after a period of time. Many times the high blood pressure remains undetected and continue to cause damage in the body. Here are some high blood pressure threats:

• Heart Attack: Arteries got damaged, blocked, which prevents the blood flow to the heart muscles and ultimately cause a heart attack.
• Stroke: High blood pressure can also cause blood vessels to get burst and clog which results in a stroke.
• Heart failure: Heart failure refers to the situation in which the heart gets enlarge and fail to supply to the body. High blood pressure can also cause heart failure.
• Kidney problem: When there is damage in the arteries nearby kidney due to the high BP, the kidneys are unable to filter blood properly.
• Loss of vision: It can also damage blood vessels in the eyes.
• Angina: After a period of time, high blood pressure can also lead to microvascular diseases or Angina.
• Peripheral Artery Disease: When the arteries get narrow in legs, arms, stomach, it can cause Peripheral Artery Disease, which can cause pain and fatigue.