When blood passes through the walls of your arteries and veins creates pressure within the blood vessels. This pressure when rises over time and remains high, can damage your heart and blood vessels and cause plaque formation.
Untreated, high blood pressure enhances the burden on the heart and arteries and may eventually result in damage to the blood vessel (atherosclerosis), heart attack, heart failure, stroke, damage to kidneys and eyes.
When you have steady systolic readings of 140 mm Hg or higher or diastolic readings of 90 mm Hg or higher your blood pressure is considered high.
There are a few steps you can take to bring down your blood pressure. Working with your healthcare team is crucial for setting your blood pressure goal.
Talk to your healthcare team about learning how to keep your blood pressure under control over time.