What Your Blood Pressure Says About Your Health
When you have a medical appointment, whether it is an annual checkup or a consultation for a more serious concern, your physician or nurse will typically check your blood pressure. Why is this procedure so commonly administered? Facilities like MountainView Hospital implement this practice because a person’s blood pressure can quickly tell a healthcare provider if the patient is suffering from a potentially life-threatening cardiovascular condition.
What is blood pressure?
The heart functions to supply the body with needed oxygen and nutrients. It does so by pumping blood to every area that requires it. When the heart contracts, it pushes blood out, which then flows through a system of arteries and veins. These structures expand every time the heart pumps out blood. Blood pressure is therefore the result of two forces. The first is the pressure that happens when the heart beats; the second is the pressure that occurs when the heart rests between beats.
Why is high blood pressure unhealthy?
The arteries are comprised of muscular tissue that can accommodate structural stretching when blood flows through them. However, if the force that sends blood through the arteries becomes too strong, it can eventually cause significant damage to the body. High blood pressure can weaken blood vessels. It can induce vessel tearing that turns into scar tissue. High blood pressure can also produce blood clots or blocked arteries, which then deny certain organs and body structures the nutrient-rich blood they need to function properly.
What health conditions can result from high blood pressure?
If left untreated, high pressure will evolve into more serious health issues. Vascular scarring can contribute to high cholesterol levels. Blocked arteries can cause tissue damage. Ruptured blood vessels can result in a stroke or aneurysm. A blood clot may give way to a heart attack. Without medical intervention, these complications may prove fatal.
High blood pressure is a wholly preventable condition. MountainView Hospital can help individuals manage their blood pressure issues and lessen their severity. To learn more about the heart and vascular care services we offer, or to schedule a consultation at our Las Vegas facility, please call (702) 233-5474.