Your blood pressure is the measurement of how much blood can pass through your arteries as your heart pumps blood and takes into account the level of resistance that your blood is met with. The narrower your arteries are, the more resistance the blood flow has as it passes through those arteries.
High blood pressure is caused by the force of blood flow against the large blood vessels from the heart being too high. This means that the heart of an individual with high blood pressure is working harder than it should have to in order to circulate blood throughout the body.
High blood pressure is commonly referred to as the silent killer for good reason. You could have high blood pressure and not even know it. This is because often high blood pressure has no symptoms. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure if left untreated could result in serious life-threatening health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. In fact, hypertension is the single greatest risk factor for heart disease. Therefore, it is important to recognize any risk factors you or your loved ones may have and what steps to take after diagnosis.