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What Are the Risks of High Blood Pressure?

Learn which dangerous conditions can occur in people with high blood pressure

By
Sanaz Majd, MD,

Often the worst consequences of dumb decisions teenagers make are not felt until much later in life (like that tattoo you know where). The same thing is true with blood pressure. Long-term elevation of blood pressure puts you at much higher risk of lots of bad things, such as:

  • Kidney damage, and even kidney failure requiring dialysis

  • Plaque build-up in arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes

  • Aneurysms, which are the ballooning of blood vessels to the point where they can burst. The most significant aneurysms occur in the head and the abdomen.

  • Thickening of the heart muscle, which increases the risk of lethal heart arrhythmias.

There are others, but I think you get the picture. Go after these bad influences early or pay the consequences later. Click here to find out how to prevent high blood pressure.

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