Blood pressure complications is certainly likely to wreak its havoc after many years.  My hopes with this article is to explain why high blood pressure is an issue and why you should pay attention to it.

Blood is constantly being pumped through your body.  Your arteries and veins needs to be able to carry oxygen and nutrients out to the rest of your body.  Now, imagine that blood moving through your body.  Your body depends on healthy routes that blood takes, you certainly wouldn’t want anything obstructing its path.  Obstructions and complications can occur over time, we’ll get to those down below.

If you are subject to higher blood pressure, there is a lot of blood flowing through your arteries and the walls and canals of these arteries can feel pressure and start to expand over time.   This expansion can start to cause many problems.  You could have blood that gets trapped in a pocket of your arteries and ultimately form a blood clot that can cause a huge blockage.  You may even experience a rupture where strokes and aneurysms are lurking.  If you smoke, have an unhealthy diet, or are prone to high cholesterol, you could have a buildup of plaque in you arteries.  This makes it a lot harder for blood to pump through your system, resulting in high blood pressure.

How do you know if these things are an issue for you?  Well, check your blood pressure.  Usually when you check your blood pressure, you have two numbers that are reported back to you.  Systolic and diastolic.  Systolic pressure (the first number) is the blood pressure in your arteries when your heart pumps blood through.  Diastolic (the second number) is the pressure that’s in your arteries when your heart is in-between beats.  So, normal blood pressure is usually 120/80.  If you have over a 140 in systolic, you currently have high blood pressure at that current moment.

The older you are, the more important it becomes to start paying attention to your blood pressure.  However, if you’re younger, you need to start forming your life to one that is going to maintain healthy arteries.  How can you do this? Well, eat right, exercise, drop the extra weight, don’t smoke, get enough sleep, and keep stress levels down.  There are plenty of ways to help lower your risk of high blood pressure.  Just do a Google search.  🙂

Hopefully I was able to give you a good working visual of why monitoring your blood pressure is important.  Keep those arteries and veins happy!

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