BP Basics

Hazards Of Hypertension


Controlling and maintaining your blood pressure within the acceptable limits is extremely important. Remember, uncontrolled high blood pressure will make you pay from all the corners. Given below is a list of organs that can be damaged due to uncontrolled hypertension:

Bones:
Calcium is the main mineral needed for the growth of your bones. But, high blood pressure makes you loose calcium through urine. And this loss of calcium can lead to a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become so weak that they break easily. Hypertension is very dangerous for women with menopause. It is during that period when they are at a greater risk of fractures and other problems.

Kidneys:
Hypertension alone accounts for around one-third of all cases of kidney failure. This itself shows how harmful hypertension can be for your kidneys.

Eyes:
Hypertension can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, thereby causing retina-related diseases.

Sexual drive:
Hypertension can cause sexual dysfunction in both women and men. According to a study, women with hypertension may experience vaginal dryness and difficulty in getting sexual satisfaction. Believe it or not, around 17 % of men afflicted with hypertension face some sort of sexual dysfunction.

Legs and feet:
Hypertension can also cause a condition called peripheral vascular disease. Peripheral vascular disease can make you experience leg pain and numbness.

The brain:
Hypertension may cause a loss of mental function in older people and contribute to loss of short-term memory and attention.


Don't these factors give you enough reason to make sure that your blood pressure remains under control?