What to Know About the “Silent” Health Risks of Hypertension

Hypertension, dubbed as the “silent killer”, affects one out of every three adults. In reality, most people are either not doing enough to prevent heart disease or are genetically predisposed to it, which necessitates extra effort. Hypertension has since earned a bad reputation as a result of its alarming prevalence.

Read on and learn more about the “silent” health risks of hypertension and why you should be wary of it.

The Unexpected Rise of Blood Pressure

People frequently believe that they can always tell when their blood pressure is abnormally high. Consider an angry cartoon character with bulging and red brows, sweating, headaches, or flushing. Reality, on the other hand, is more complicated. 

Chronic high blood pressure is harmful to the heart, blood vessels, and body. At the same time, the symptoms are not as obvious and can take anybody by surprise.

The Longstanding Health Condition

Modern technology has made our lives easier and contributed to the growth of a society in which people move less to work, play, and live. Children’s blood pressure continues to rise as a result of the hours they spend sitting at desks, riding buses, or staring at screens. Sedentism persists as these children grow older and work at a desk. 

Furthermore, a child’s eating habits continue into adulthood because they appear “normal,” even if they are unhealthy. When poor stress management, smoking, or excessive drinking are combined, the effects compound over time, and a person has done significant damage by the age of 30. 

The Irreversible Health Damages

When blood pressure is high, the heart has to work harder to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells, which causes organ nutrient deficiency. These organs deteriorate over time and eventually fail. Organs, for one, rarely show signs of deterioration until they are near failure. Individuals frequently discover that they have irreversibly damaged vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, eyes, heart, and inner ear if they do not receive a prompt diagnosis of hypertension. 

The “Silent Killer”

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder than it should, increasing the risk of cardiac arrest and stroke. Because of the strain on your vessels as they try to transport blood, they frequently dilate and become aneurysms. This weakened vessel is likely to burst at some point, causing additional damage to your body. In any of these scenarios, death is a possibility. High blood pressure is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States with over 600,000 people dying of this each year.


Hypertension can be a serious health concern that can lead to stroke, heart failure and heart attacks. This is why early diagnosis is crucial. Once a patient is diagnosed with this condition, preventive steps can be taken and proper care is provided.

Additionally, people who have been diagnosed with hypertension are advised to take medications to help reduce blood pressure. Also, leading a healthy lifestyle by sticking to a strict diet is imperative as it will not only help you manage your blood pressure, it can also help you achieve a healthier heart. This only leads to a better overall physical and mental being.

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