Blood Pressure And Your Health

How High Blood Pressure Affects The Respiratory System?

The respiratory system of our body comprises of the lungs, trachea, airways and nasal passages. A recent study indicates that blood pressure influences not only our heart, brain and kidneys, but also has a significant impact on our respiratory system.  Let us take a look at how high blood pressure affects the respiratory system.

Before we analyze the effect of blood pressure in respiratory system, we should take some time out to learn how our lungs function and what role they and the heart play in circulating oxygenated blood to the various parts of our body. The respiratory system works with the heart and the circulator system to supply blood to the cells and tissues of the body and to remove carbon dioxide.

You might have observed that if you are resting you breathe at a normal pace and the moment you start doing carrying out a physically demanding task you begin to breathe faster.

If you ask how high blood pressure affects respiratory system, the answer is very simple. If you have high blood pressure, the heart would naturally beat faster, and more blood will be required for circulating through out the body. That blood must be pure and must be supplied by the lungs. The lungs will be constantly working at a faster rate.

If you have high blood pressure over a period of time, you may notice certain symptoms. These symptoms may be chest pain, difficulty in breathing and taking deep breaths very frequently.

Another condition that shows the close relationship between blood pressure and the respiratory system is pulmonary hypertension. This term refers to high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply to the lungs. This is a situation that prevents the heart and the lungs from providing sufficient blood to the body. As a result, patients of PHT may become tired, dizzy and short of breath.

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious medical condition that requires a complete diagnosis by a specialist.