Dr Ashish Agarwal | 15 Apr 2023 | Heartcare
Cardiovascular disease is a term used to describe a group of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and is estimated to affect around 1 in 3 adults worldwide. In this blog post, we'll explore the link between high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, as well as some tips for prevention and management.
Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps it around your body. High blood pressure occurs when this force is consistently too high. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher is considered high.
High blood pressure often has no symptoms, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the "silent killer". The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured by a healthcare professional. However, in some cases, people with very high blood pressure may experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision.
High blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels, which can lead to a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Over time, the increased pressure can damage the walls of your arteries, making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). This can lead to a variety of complications, including:
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent and manage high blood pressure, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Here are some tips:
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