High blood pressure and heart disease impacts your body drastically affecting the quality of your life and even your life span. With your heart being the most important organ in your body the increased pressure can do extreme damage to this organ. Heart disease involves the muscles of your heart and the blood vessels that provide nutrition to those muscles.
Three major organs of your body suffer when you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, the heart, the kidneys and the brain. Wouldn't you like to live longer and free yourself from medical misery as you get older?
Even though high blood pressure is such a prevalent disease it is still surprising to find out that heart disease is the leading cause of death throughout the world. The various forms of heart disease include Angina which is chest pain caused by a decrease of blood supply to your heart.
Then there is Heart Failure and that is when your heart isn't able to pump enough blood to maintain an adequate flow to and from your body's tissues.
Last but not the least is a Heart Attack and that is the death of your heart muscle tissue due to the loss of your blood supply.
Blood pressure if left uncontrolled plays a major role in the development of your heart disease.
Your heart is a beautiful and precise work of art. It is an organ that is mostly muscle, is about the size of a clenched fist and weighs less than a pound. This work of art is responsible for supplying blood and oxygen, that are fifteen times more heavier then the heart itself, to all parts of the body.
The heart is essentially four empty chambers through which blood from all over the body enters. First blood enters into the top right chamber, the right atrium, stop there for a moment then drops down into the bottom right chamber, the right ventricle.
When your heart beats the used blood in the bottom right chambers shoots out of the heart and through an artery into you lungs. There the blood releases the load of carbon dioxide it's been carrying, picks up a fresh load of oxygen and returns to your heart again.
Now on the second time around of your heart beat, your pulmonary veins carry the oxygen rich blood goes into the top left chamber, the left atrium, rest for a moment before dropping into the bottom left chamber, the left ventricle.
The real work begins in the bottom left chamber, as it has to propel fresh blood completely out of your heart and through an incredibly long series of arteries, the aorta, that tunnel throughout your body and into every cell and organ.
This amazing work of art, your heart, pushes one and half gallons of blood forward every minute. The combination of your heart, your blood vessels that carry the blood and the blood itself is the cardiovascular system of your body.
The above are blood pressure and heart disease facts.
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When there is an effect of your heart and high blood pressure, the heart must work harder to push the blood through. Your heart was not meant to struggle so hard and eventually your heart muscle becomes tired and too weak to work properly.
Just like any other organ of your body, your heart muscle needs oxygen and other nutrients in order to work. So when arteriosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, occurs, the blood stream that carries these nutrients is partially obstructed.
Your heart muscle then becomes partially starved, and this obstruction can cause a heart attack.
Now your heart is under the influence of uncontrolled high blood pressure and your heart muscle begins to thicken just like any muscle that constantly does more work. Research states that about 20% of people with high blood pressure have the left ventricular that is thick.
As the muscle gets thicker, it loses its elasticity leading to a reduced blood flow into and out of the heart, the heart begins to enlarge, leading to the need for more blood for the heart tissues that it just cannot provide.
Symptoms of a left ventricular thickening may include shortness of breath, chest pain, and irregular heartbeats. Your doctor can tell if your heart is developing problems because he hears the changes in your heart sounds through his stethoscope.
Also your doctor can tell of the changes to your heart with his hand on the front of your chest, where he can feel your heart thumping against the chest wall. And, as your heart fails, that thumping moves away from the center of your chest, indicating that your heart is getting larger.
Blood pressure and heart disease makes both heart failure and heart attacks much more difficult to manage, so controlling your blood pressure is an early step toward managing these complications.