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Malignant High Blood Pressure

Find Out What Causes This Lethal Type Of Blood Pressure And How You Can Complement Your Treatment

Malignant high blood pressure is characterized by severely elevated blood pressure that commonly damages major organs and the vascular system in your body, leading to severe complications. It is the most lethal form of high blood pressure.

Blood pressure monitor.

With this type of elevated blood pressure think of a sledge hammer pounding away at various organs of your body with each and every heart beat.  It is ongoing every moment, every hour, every day.  This leads to the enlargement of your heart muscle.

Granted you are not feeling it, but this is the effect that high blood pressure has on your body, so what else is happening.  Complications include some of the following:

  • Progressive damage to your brain that first starts out as headaches with the individual becoming confused and then finally lapsing into a coma.

  • Rapid development of partial or total loss of kidney function.

  • Nausea and vomiting.

  • Congestive heart failure.

Eye Damage

The damages of this out-of-control high blood pressure to your eye's major central retinal vein, which carries your blood away from your retina - the tissue that acts as a screen for your sight - can close, then you lose vision in that eye, and then the back of your eye appears to be bleeding.

As your blood flow fails, areas of your retina die leaving a white, patchy appearance called cotton wool spots.  These cotton wool sacs attached itself to the arteries of your eye which can form aneurysms.

Malignant high blood pressure causes severe eye damage.  So be very aware of what is high blood pressure and its many causes.

Who Mostly Have Malignant High Blood Pressure

It is most often found in smokers and young African American males and affect about 1% of individuals with high blood pressure.  As stated by the New England Journal of Medicine, individuals with signs of this most lethal form of blood pressure have:

  • Low levels of potassium in their bloodstream

  • Have a blood pH >7.45

  • Has excessive aldosterone secretion - a hormone that conserves water and sodium and increases potassium excretion

What Causes This Lethal Form Of Blood Pressure?

The exact cause of malignant high blood pressure is not known but some possibilities include:

  • Poor blood pressure control. The result of not taking your medication and allowing your pressure to rise to this dangerous level.

  • The production of chemicals by your damaged kidneys. These chemicals damage your kidneys and causes contraction of your blood vessels, while raising your blood pressure.

When you have this type of blood pressure your doctor usually admits you to a hospital for treatment because it is a medical emergency in saving your life.

Usually high blood pressure produces no symptoms, it is silent.

But when malignant high blood pressure, known as Stage 4, is present with readings greater than 210/120 mm Hg, the symptoms are severe.  The symptoms include severe headache, double vision, nosebleed, rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears and twitching muscles.

Nausea, vomiting and mental confusion can also occur.

You know that any sustained elevation of high blood pressure can affect your small blood vessels, your brain, your retina, your kidneys and your heart, and these are only some of the dangers of high blood pressure.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, run to your cardiologist for treatment in lowering your blood pressure before you develop heart failure, a torn aortic, a stroke or a heart attack.

The need for medication is essential.  You may even be hospitalized and given continuous intravenous medicine. 

Renal Denervation (RDN) Treatment To Lower High Blood Pressure

There are clinical trials that disrupt your hyperactive nerves to naturally lower malignant high blood pressure.

This method disrupts your hyperactive nerves by applying brief radio frequency energy. The treatment consists of inserting a tube through your groin and placing the device in your artery that leads to your kidney, your brain, your heart, and your blood vessels.

Following this multiple treatment the device is removed. This is still a experimental treatment that you should discuss with your cardiologist to see if it should be included into your treatment.

It is something to think about.

Natural Ways To Lower Blood Pressure

Try some of these natural ways to lower blood pressure.

Your Diet

  • Eat foods high in fiber

  • Consume lots of fruits and vegetables

  • Cook foods low in saturated fats

  • Consume salmon, mackerel and sardines, they are cold water fish, 2-3 times a week

  • Include nuts frequently in your diet

  • Use olive oil as your oil of choice when cooking


A word of caution.  Before starting any exercise program consult with your doctor.

  • Do aerobic exercises at least 5 times a week for 45 minutes

  • Include flexibility training - great for your joints

  • Resistance training

You are never too old to start an active lifestyle. At first you might just walk up a flight of stairs rather use an elevator, or park your car a little further from your destination and walk the rest of the way.

After a while all this walking will add up and you'll find yourself easily walking a mile or two daily. Just get started and do one step at a time.

Include daily multiminerals and supplements such as, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, L-carnitine, co-enzyme Q-10, grape seed extract, vitamins B2, B6, B12; Thiamin, folate, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc, chromium and selenium.

At the same time you must be aware of your own body, any unusual pain and changes within your body, and schedule regular visits with your doctor.  A doctor's early detection of high blood pressure is essential for your body not to progress to malignant high blood pressure.

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