High Blood Pressure Basics

High Blood Pressure Basics


It’s a beautiful fall evening… The sun is setting. The dog finally stopped barking. Life is good. But inside, there’s trouble
brewing … and Emma has no idea. Although she feels fine, like
her father, Emma is one of the 67 million adults in the U.S. with high blood pressure,
or hypertension. Just like her radiator that’s
on the fritz, Emma’s heart is working overtime to
get the job done. Let’s have a look… The heart is the “pump” in our
bodies, delivering blood to the entire system through
a set of “pipes” or blood vessels of all sizes. Smoking, high cholesterol,
diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, family history and
increased age all contribute to these blood vessels, or our
“pipes”, becoming less elastic. The more blood our heart has to
pump through stiff, narrowing arteries, the higher
our blood pressure. When the force of the blood
against our artery walls is too high, life-threatening
health problems can result. Problems like kidney disease,
heart disease, stroke, even heart attack. Can Emma get
her “pressure down” before it’s too late?