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What Causes High Blood Pressure?

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition wherein the patient has an abnormally elevated blood pressure, which can lead to physical complications and even death, triggering heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms and chronic renal failures. This is caused by an increased pressure to the heart and the brain. Although blood pressure is variable around different parts of the body, if it is found to be consistently at 140/90 mmHg, then it should be seen as symptomatic of hypertension. This can be caused by an overactive renin/angiotension system, causing a higher retention of water and an increase of volume and therefore pressure in the blood. Additionally, an overtly sympathetic nervous system can create increased stress on circulation and other parts of the body. High blood pressure is also strongly associated with diabetes, and occurs in combination with insulin resistance in the body. Although there is no cure, doctors recommend lowering the intake of sugar into the body, as this elevates the blood, as well as antihypertensives, drugs which can significantly lower blood pressure. These and other diuretics can stabilize the blood and reduce the risk of disease and attacks.
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A poor fatty and salty diet and lack of exercise also someone who doesnt handle stress very well could also be more susceptible
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Can high levels of sugar increase your blood pressure
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Blood pressure which is often referred to as hypertension is caused by the arteries becoming narrower as their wall muscles thicken, making it more difficult for blood to flow through them. This means that the heart has to work harder to produce more pressure than is usually needed to keep up a steady and sufficient flow of blood around the body.
This extra presssure can sometimes damage the artery walls if it is prolonged and it possibly speeds up the process which is known as the 'furring of the arteries' (atherosclerosis).
High blood pressure needs ot be treated by a doctor, since if it carries on it can lead to conditions such as angina as welll as a heart attack or even damage to the kidneys. Since there are no symptoms (usually) with high blood pressure, patients often do not know they have it and so doctors routinely test blood pressure when patients visit.
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To understand this, it is first important to know what normal blood pressure is and what it means. Blood pressure is a measure of the force with which the blood is forced out of the pumping heart and into the arteries and blood vessels leading to the tissues.

Blood is pumped around the body by the heart so that oxygen and dissolved food molecules can get to all the tissues and cells. The pumping action of the heart and the size and flexibility of the arteries that carry blood puts the blood under pressure. This blood pressure is necessary and normal part in a healthy body. It is also normal for blood pressure to increase during physical exercise or when you feel stressed or upset, but it usually returns to a normal level reasonably quickly.

Blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal at rest is classified as high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

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