high blood pressure, can someone check?

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High blood pressure affects many areas of the body and can be extremely harmful to the heart. High blood pressure is a main reason for heart attacks. Heart attacks are caused when oxygen does not reach the heart as it is supposed to and when the blood flow to the heart is blocked. Coronary arteries are the blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood that the heart needs to function to the heart. High blood pressure can cause the lining of the arterial walls to become damaged which can then lead to a buildup of plaque on the surrounding walls. The buildup will cause the arteries to become narrower which can ultimately lead to a blockage. Blocking of the blood and oxygen from the arteries to the heart will ultimately lead to a heart attack which causes permanent damage to the heart.
i did more research and everywhere i read the same thing which says:
Although it seldom produces symptoms, the intense pounding of blood gradually damages the artery walls. Small arteries are especially vulnerable. The walls respond by thickening and losing their elasticity and strength. As a result, less blood can pass through them, depriving surrounding tissues of oxygen and nutrients.

so is it true or not?
THANK YOU TIM J! she keeps confusing me! i kept wondering if I should trust every website on the internet or her…

2 Responses to “high blood pressure, can someone check?”

  1. Tim J Says:

    1) High blood pressure affects many areas of the body and can be extremely harmful to the heart.

    Better. I would just say that HB over time causes damage to the heart and can eventually lead to congestive heart failure. I mean If HB is so damaging to the heart, then why does exercise not damage the heart??

    2) High blood pressure is a main reason for heart attacks.

    Still wrong. Traditionally in most patients you see blockage in one or both of the vena cava’s(inferior/superior), but very little blockage elsewhere. Meaning, the systolic/diastolic blood pressures are fine and normal…

    Meaning, hardening of the arteries can be caused by a number of things with blood pressure only being one factor. In fact, advanced glycation end products (AGE) compounds are no doubt the primary reason for heart disease in older people…

    Also, the lady above is just dead wrong… A high blood pressure condition if left untreated over time will quickly damage the arterial lining. Inflammation is only a response after an injury has occurred… Nurses are the worst about this. They have only a little bit of the information, are unwilling to learn anymore, but think they know everything…

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    Yes, it is true, but is a little more complex then are indicating. Meaning, a high systolic blood pressure will ultimately over time damage arterial lining. This ultimately will lead to a high diastolic pressure after the damage is done.

    However, you blood pressure is never completely constant. Everything from exercise to stress causes fluctuations in blood pressure. It is only a long term condition where this becomes a problem. Traditionally you see it in patients who have degrades renal function for some reason.

    Also, keep in mind that blockages that cause an infarction typically are very isolated. Meaning, most of the vessels look fine, but there is > 90% blockage in the vena cava’s.

  2. kay_flood Says:

    all you’ve done here is use more words to say exactly what you said before. High blood pressure does NOT damage arterial walls, they are designed to handle high pressures. Damage is caused by inflammation, this leads to plaque build up and the potential for obstruction. Find the cause of the inflammation, you find the cause for heart attack, and that is usually the lack of nitric oxide, not blood pressure. Heart attacks occur in people with low blood pressures all the time.