# Why is high Blood pressure a problem?

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# Why is high Blood pressure a problem?

High blood pressure is a problem because it places excessive stress on the circulatory system and key organs that are attached to that, ie stress is placed on the heart and blood vessels which negatively impact on functions of other organs such as the kidneys eyes and brain.

Although some people may not realise persistently high blood pressure may result in increased risk of developing several serious and potentially fatal diseases such as:

1. Aortic aneurisms, which is a bulge or swelling in the main blood vessel of the body
2. heart attacks
3. heart disease
4. heart failure
5. kidney disease
6. peripheral arterial disease (which is commonly referred to as PAD) PAD occurs where there is a build up of fatty deposits in the arteries which then limit the supply of blood to the leg muscles
7. stroke
8. vascular dementia

Evidence shows that even a moderate reduction of high blood pressure can lead to improved outcomes in patients before, I urge you to be mindful of your blood pressure.