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The Effect Of High Blood Pressure On The Respiratory System

Million have suffered and millions still continue to suffer from the symptoms and consequences of high blood pressure. It is a condition that could cause trouble to many parts of the body like, brain, kidney, heart, eyes, lungs and others. Apart from these organs, it may also affect the respiratory system.

High blood pressure can affect your respiratory system in two ways- directly, through its impact and indirectly through the effects of medicines taken to control high blood pressure. High blood pressure means fast circulation of blood in the body. It means that the lungs have to work faster to keep the volume of oxygen intact in the blood. The continuous working of lungs in such a rapid manner for longer intervals can possibly lead to a weak respiratory system. This is because the lungs have their own involuntary rate of compression and expansion and if the rate is disturbed, the muscles attached to the diaphragm become weak. Gradually, one feels a pain in the chest and finds the breathing difficult.

Further, it has been found that there are certain blood pressure medicines also cause deterioration of the respiratory system. These medicines lower the blood pressure. The heart starts to work very slow due to which the rate of contraction and expansion of the lungs again gets disturbed. The slow pace of heart also slows down the breathing rate and consequently the body cells get a lesser amount of oxygen.

Just like rise in blood pressure can affect the respiratory system, condition of the respiratory system can also affect the blood pressure of the body. Studies have revealed that a weak respiratory system creates a shortage of oxygen in the body and this in turn triggers the blood pressure to rise beyond the normal readings.

Thus, blood pressure and respiratory system have a common thread in between themselves that may get disturbed by alterations in any of the two.