Why Chronic High Blood Pressure Is So Dangerous
August 15, 2019
From Cleveland Clinic
Do you know why every visit to your doctor’s office starts with a blood pressure check? It’s because your blood pressure reveals a great deal about your current health and your risk of developing one of many serious medical problems in the future.
Chronically high blood pressure (hypertension) is directly linked to cardiovascular disease. The good news is that lowering blood pressure reduces this risk.
“The reason we treat high blood pressure is to prevent stroke, heart attack, kidney damage and heart failure,” says preventive cardiologist Luke Laffin, MD. “Bringing blood pressure down below 120/80 mmHg decreases the risk of all these serious, potentially deadly problems. That being said, stroke prevention is the most sensitive to blood pressure reduction.”
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