Why it's Called the Silent Killer and What You Can Do to Prevent It
Primary or essential, Hypertension is the most common, occurring in over 90% of patients with high blood pressure. It tends to develop over time as you get older or when other risk factors exist, such as diabetes, obesity, inactivity, and alcohol use.
Secondary Hypertension is caused by another medical condition or the use of certain medicines. It usually improves after you treat that condition or stop taking the medications that are causing it. Various conditions and medications that can lead to secondary Hypertension include:
A bulge in the artery caused by a weakening of the artery wall. The bulge can rupture and cause internal bleeding.
When the overworked heart gives out
Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in kidneys impairs function
Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes that can result in loss of vision
A cluster of disorders of body metabolism, including:
Increased waist circumference; high triglycerides; low HDL cholesterol "good" cholesterol; high blood pressure and high insulin levels;
Makes development of diabetes, heart disease and stroke more likely
May affect your ability to think, remember and learn
Narrowed or blocked arteries can limit blood flow to the brain leading to vascular dementia
stroke that interrupts blood flow to the brain and can cause vascular dementia
Blood vessel damage reduces blood flow throughout body, leading to erectile dysfunction and loss of libido